Drunken teenager crashes stolen truck into ditch

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A TEENAGER who drove a stolen truck into a ditch while he was over the legal alcohol limit and banned from driving has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Robert Sinclair has also been told to wear an electronic tag and stay at home every day between 7pm and 6am for the next two months under a curfew.

The 19-year-old was arrested after he was caught behind the wheel of a stolen LGV in Titchfield Lane, Titchfield.

A breathalyser test revealed he had 89 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – more than double the legal limit of 35 microgrammes.

The offence, on February 12, happened not long after he had been banned from driving for a previous motoring offence.

Sinclair, of Drift Road, Fareham, pleaded guilty to drink-driving, driving while disqualified and without insurance and driving a vehicle that had been taken without the owner’s consent when he appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court.

A fifth charge of taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent was dropped.

He was given a four-month prison sentence suspended for 12 months and will have 12 months of supervision from the probation service.

Sinclair was also disqualified from driving for another three years.

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