A RECOVERING drug addict who tried to kill himself by crashing his car into a care home after a relapse has been spared jail.
Mark McKinney, 27, ploughed his car in the porch of the home at 2.10am, causing almost £10,000 damage.
Durham Crown Court heard McKinney from Peterlee, had been suffering from hallucinations and paranoia linked to his drug taking.
He fled his Vauxhall Zafira at the Kingsway Nursing Home in Langley Park, County Durham but was arrested nearby when he had numerous packets of cocaine.
Prosecutor Shaun Dryden said: “There was damage to the front entrance of the home and also severe damage to the motor vehicle.
“He said he intended to kill himself so deliberately drove the vehicle at the care home entrance.” Home managers said the damage had disrupted their Christmas celebrations.
McKinney later admitted dangerous driving, possession of a class A drug and driving while unfit, resisting arrest and driving without insurance.
David Comb, mitigating, said McKinney had hit “rock bottom” but had since got help, adding he would be vulnerable in prison.
Judge Robert Adams said: “You deliberately drove the vehicle in order to crash and you could easily have hurt other people in the process as well as yourself.”
McKinney, of Burnhope Way, Peterlee, was given 10 months’ jail, suspended for 18 months, and 200 hours of unpaid work.
He was also banned from driving for a year.