Couple took car while grandfather was sleeping

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A SKEGNESS couple, who had been allowed to stay overnight with her grandfather in Lincoln because they had no money to get home, took his car while he slept.

Kaisha Leigh Froggatt, 21, and Spencer Lister Hughes, 23, both of Kenning House, Lincoln Road, pleaded guilty when they appeared before magistrates in the town.

Froggatt admitted being carried on a vehicle knowing it to be taken without the owner’s consent, whilst Hughes admitted taking the car without the owner’s consent, driving with excess alcohol, driving without a licence or insurance and failing to stop for police.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said the two went to Froggatt’s grandfather’s house in Lincoln at around 6pm on September 8.

They subsequently left the house but returned at around 10.30pm to say they could not afford to get back to Skegness and asked if they could stay the night.

He allowed them to sleep on the sofa but when he got up the next day at 9.30am, he discovered his front door ajar and his Ford Mondeo was missing.

At 10.45pm that day, the car was seen by a police officer on Berry Way in Skegness and the driver, who was Hughes, speeded up when he saw the police car and ignored police signs to stop.

He speeded off and, at one stage, turned his lights off, before turning into a cul de sac at Cranwell Close, where he had to stop.

The officer, who was a dog handler, got his dog out of the car but Hughes was very aggressive and was shouting and swearing.

Other officers arrived and he was arrested and gave a positive breath test which subsequently revealed he had 60 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Froggatt was in the passenger seat, Mr Clare said.

In mitigation, Mr Dave Clapham said both were ashamed of stealing her grandfather’s car. They had needed to get back to Skegness as Hughes had to collect his methadone prescription and Froggatt had to sign on for benefits.

Froggatt was given a 12 month community order and ordered to carry out 40 hours of unpaid work for the community and Hughes was given 12 months supervision with a requirement to attend a Thinking Skills programme.

He was also disqualified from driving for 18 months and ordered to pay £85 in prosecution costs.