Car thief sent to jail after he crashed his mum’s car in town centre

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A man who stole his mother’s BMW before crashing it in a town centre has been sent to jail.

Matthew Hanman, 22, sneaked into his mother’s home before stealing the key’s to the vehicle and driving it dangerously.

Leeds Crown Court heard Hanman lost control of the car in Knaresborough town centre around 6am on November 9 last year and crashed into a road sign.

The car then became “wedged” on top of the sign and he spent ten minutes trying to free the vehicle.

Workers at a nearby bakery watched as Hanman revved the engine and there was a strong smell of rubber.

He eventually managed to drive away but collided with two vehicles in a separate incident a short time later.

Hanman abandoned the car but was arrested after his DNA was found on the air bag.

In a separate incident, Hanman smashed the window of a newsagents in Baghill Lane, Pontefract, following a row with his girlfriend on Christmas Eve.

Hanman, of Campion Close, Pontefract, pleaded guilty to criminal damage, aggravated vehicle taking, dangerous driving, failing to stop, failing to report an accident, having no insurance, having no licence and two offences of failing to surrender to custody.

Recorder Paul Isaacs sentenced him to 36 weeks in prison. He said Hanman had failed to take advantage of previous non-custodial sentences given to him by the court.

He said: “I am afraid that you have got to the end of the line.”

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