Disqualified driver from Blackburn stole car at flat warming party
5:00pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
A 22-YEAR-OLD man’s flat warming party led to him finding alternative accommodation in prison.
Blackburn magistrates heard Liam Andrew Fishwick took a guest’s car key out of her handbag and drove off in her vehicle in the middle of the night.
He was a banned driver, more than double the legal drink-drive limit, had no insurance, and had taken the car without consent.
And the court was told Fishwick was already subject to a suspended prison sentence, imposed for identical offences.
Fishwick, of Richmond Avenue, Accrington, pleaded guilty to unauthorised taking of a vehicle, driving while disqualified, with excess alcohol, and without insurance.
He was sentenced to 27 weeks in prison, and banned from driving for five years.
Catherine Allan, prosecuting, said when police found Fishwick in the car he ran off, but was found hiding in a driveway.
She said he had previous convictions for drink-driving and disqualified driving in 2010, and in 2012 was made subject to a suspended prison sentence for disqualified driving, drink- driving and unauthorised taking of a car.
Gareth Price, defending, said his client knew exactly what was going to happen to him.