Teenager who crashed family car gave false details to avoid parents' wrath
16:02 – 02 June 2010
Mum and son
TEENAGER Adam Forder gave a false name and address after he crashed his parents' car at traffic lights and caused more than £1,300 worth of damage.
Forder had taken the car without permission, and his father later made a complaint to the police, a court was told today.
Appearing at Wisbech courthouse, the 18-year-old — who made the headlines earlier this year because he was unemployed but not allowed to claim benefits — admitted taking a Vauxhall Corsa without consent, and driving the vehicle without insurance.
He had collided with the rear of a Ford Fiesta at traffic lights in Sandown Road, Wisbech, about 9.10pm on April 13. It cost £1,301 to repair the Fiesta, Fenland magistrates heard from prosecutor John Goodier.
"He spoke to the other driver and her husband, he gave a friend's name and address, but the correct mobile phone number," added Mr Goodier.
"He gave a friend's details because he did not want his parents to find out what had happened."
Mitigating, Kay Younis said Forder had been taking medication for depression for nine months; but had not taken his medication for a week before the accident.
"He took the car without thinking and drove the vehicle," she said. "He gave the wrong information because he was scared of the consequences and scared he had not taken his medication."
Forder, of Gull Road, Guyhirn, had suffered breathing difficulties due to a damp problem in the family home, and may be moved by the council, she added.
The court gave Forder an interim driving ban, but sentencing was adjourned until June 23 for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.