THE driver of a stolen car that crashed into a wall has admitted a string of driving and burglary offences in court.
Samuel Thomas, 23, of Gosport Road, Fareham, stole the silver Vauxhall Corsa from a house in Gosport early Tuesday morning.
Police spotted the vehicle in Eastern Road, Portsmouth, and Thomas led them on a brief chase before the car hit the front wall of a house at the junction of Meon Road and Catisfield Road in Milton.
Firefighters had to remove the car roof to get Thomas out.
He was taken away on a spinal board by paramedics.
He suffered minor injuries.
At Portsmouth Magistrates Court yesterday he admitted 10 charges plus a breach of a previous conditional discharge.
The charges were:
Aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving;
n Driving a motor vehicle dangerously;
n Driving without insurance;
n Driving without a licence;
n Two charges of theft from a dwelling;
n Four charges of fraud by misrepresentation.
No one was in the house at the time of the crash but police closed the entire road while they investigated.
The car was first spotted at 11.30am after police were put on alert that it had been stolen. When officers tried to stop it in Eastern Road, Thomas sped off using the back streets of Milton before crashing into the wall.
The chase only lasted around one minute.
Police said their response had been ‘totally proportionate and necessary to continue with it’.
He has been remanded in custody and will appear at Portsmouth Crown Court on Wednesday, May 7 for sentencing.