Mum tells of 'parent's worst nightmare'

A MOTHER of a 16-year-old drink driver who crashed a car at Felixstowe has described awaiting his fate as a “parent's worst nightmare.”

A MOTHER of a 16-year-old drink driver who crashed a car at Felixstowe has described awaiting his fate as a “parent's worst nightmare.”

The teenager had downed half a bottle of whisky and drove at speeds of up to 100mph in his Daewoo Lanos - bought for when he would learn to drive.

Ipswich magistrates were told the teenager and his girlfriend were lucky to be alive after walking free from the wreckage with only minor injuries.

The boy's mother, who lives with him in Great Yarmouth, said: “We moved to Norfolk to start a new life and I bought the car for him because he was settling down absolutely fantastically and doing really well at school.


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“The car was really cheap and, at the time, I thought it would be good for him to learn to drive as soon as he was 17.”

As reported in the Evening Star last week the teenager, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, mistakenly believed he was heading for Birmingham when the crash occurred on January 10.

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He had set out from Norfolk, stopping on the way to top up the car with �28 of fuel stolen from a garage in Acle.

Magistrates heard a police officer who pursued him said the boy was driving at speeds of about 100mph along the Port of Felixstowe road.

At one point the boy slowed down as if to stop for the officer, but sped off again.

When he approached the roundabout near the entrance to Dock Gate No 1, he failed to react and hurtled straight through a sign and careered into trees at around 5am.

The teenager had 117mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood, the legal limit being 80mg.

He admitted six charges put before him at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court and was granted unconditional bail until his sentencing at Great Yarmouth youth court on March 5.

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