A Malton man is beginning a six-month prison sentence after he took a car and crashed it into a parked vehicle – writing them both off.
Nathan Raimes had moments earlier taken the car keys from a table at a party and had then, after drinking “loads” and smoking from a “crack” pipe, set off without permission and with a passenger.
The sound of the car’s tyres screeching at the junction of Beverley Road and Mill Street, Norton, on February 6, this year, attracted the attention of a witness who then saw the airborne vehicle smash into the other car.
The witness also described Raimes, 24, of The Cornmill, Malton, as acting “wild” at the scene, refusing to provide attending police officers with a breath test.
A month later, Raimes attended at the police station in answer to his bail, only to be placed in a cell and searched because of his aggressive behaviour. He was found to be in possession of a small amount of cannabis.
The court heard that the offences also placed Raimes in breach of a suspended prison sentence imposed in October, last year, where he had admitted producing cannabis. He also appeared in court on Tuesday for breaching a drug rehabilitation order – having attended only a third of the 30 appointments offered to him.
Raimes appeared for sentencing having previously admitted charges of aggravated vehicle taking, driving without insurance, failing to provide a sample of breath, possessing cannabis and the breaches of the suspended sentence and requirements.
Trisha Doherty, mitigating, said that her client accepted that he had been “foolish” and “an idiot”. She added that the out of work carpet fitter was asking the court for one last chance.
Judge Donald Hunt told Raimes that many courts had given him chances which he had failed to take and that “the last resort has arrived.” He jailed him for a total of six months and banned him from driving for 12 months.