A schoolboy took an Audi and drove it through residential streets in Wolverhampton and then fled the scene of a £5,000 crash, a court was told.
The 15-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, took the Audi A3 from the Low Hill area while the owner had gone out in the city centre.
When addressing Wolverhampton Youth Court yesterday, the teen admitted he could have been killed in the smash. The drama unfolded on September 12.
Mrs Lauranne Middleton, prosecuting, said: “Police received a call from a resident living on Humphries Road at 11.10pm to report that there had been collision involving a parked car.
“They said they had seen someone running from the scene towards Showell Road.
“The defendant has walked into Wolverhampton Central Station and handed himself in saying he had been involved in a crash. He was interviewed and made full and frank admissions.”
Mr Middleton said that the crash caused £5,000 worth of damage and the Vauxhall Vectra the Audi hit had to be written off.
Mr Kirandeep Soor, defending, said that the teen’s punishment from his parents was more than what the court could hand out.
It was revealed he had been grounded and had his pocket money stopped.
Mr Soor said: “He is of good character and is hoping to enrol to college after he finishes school.”
The boy, who doesn’t live in Wolverhampton, had been in the city visiting his grandmother.
He told the court: “It was stupid and foolish. I don’t know what I was thinking. I’ve swore on my baby sister’s life I’ll never do anything like that again. I could have been killed.”
The teen admitted aggravated vehicle taking, driving without insurance, driving without a licence and driving without due care and attention. He was given a four-month youth referral order.
His mother, acting as his guardian, must pay £250 in compensation and a £15 victim surcharge.