Havant drink-driver who stole car gets jail term

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A BURGLAR who stole a car while in possession of drugs has been jailed.

Naithon Stray snatched car keys and a designer handbag containing items including vital heart medication from the property in Nutwick Road, Havant, after letting himself into the porch through an unlocked door.

Stray – who was drunk and banned from driving at the time – sped off in the £3,600 car with the Ralph Lauren bag and its contents, which were worth about £960.

The 23-year-old was later spotted driving erratically by another motorist.

A police officer then spotted Stray, of Dunsbury Way, Havant, parked near the A3M in Hulbert Road, Waterlooville at 6.45pm on November 4.

The stolen car was damaged and there was a smell of burning coming from the vehicle.

Stray was arrested and found to be in possession of cannabis.

A breath test later revealed he was also more than twice the limit.

His breath contained 81mg of alcohol. The legal limit is 35mg.

The stolen car was written off.

Stray admitted burglary, one count of aggravated vehicle taking, one of driving while disqualified and one of possessing class B drugs.

And he admitted driving with excess alcohol and without insurance.

Stray was sentenced to two years and five months in jail and banned from driving for three years.

Judge Ian Pearson, sentencing, said: ‘It was an occupied dwelling in the hours of darkness. Those are aggravating features.

‘You also stole not just the bag including the victim’s money, some other items including the victim’s medication, but you took the car keys.

‘You took the vehicle, you drove it dangerously and you wrote it off.

‘You also drove it under the influence of alcohol which is also an aggravating feature – you were more than twice the legal limit.’