A PASSENGER who fled the scene of a fatal crash has been jailed for two further offences involving stolen cars.
Sam Hanlon, 24, was given a 12-month community order and 200 hours unpaid work after he was one of three people travelling in a stolen Range Rover that hit and killed a 27-year-old man.
Douglas Scott Robertson, 27, was dragged for 340ft over waste ground before the 4x4, which had been taken in Stockton, stopped in a workingmen’s club car park in Stokesley, North Yorkshire, in January, last year.
Hanlon, of Ferndale Close, in Station Town, near Wingate, was sentenced for his involvement in the fatal crash at Teesside Crown Court in May last year after admitting aggravated vehicle taking, alongside the 15-year-old driver, Charles Edward Tyers, of High Lane, Maltby, near Middlesbrough, who was locked up for five years after admitting death by dangerous driving.
Hanlon was back in court this week when he appeared in custody at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court for two fresh sets of driving offences.
He admitted stealing a black Vauxhall Corsa which was reported missing from outside an address in Station Town.
The court heard that the vehicle was later recovered with the keys still inside.
Hanlon was arrested and admitted taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent and made no reply to all other police questions.
The court heard that just over a week later, Hanlon took a Volkswagen Golf from Shotton Colliery without the owner’s permission at around 1.30am.
Magistrates were told the car drove past police officers at 4.40am in Wingate and failed to stop before driving up a farm track towards Hutton Henry.
The car was later found abandoned and Hanlon was traced at an address in Wingate before being arrested and he failed a breath test.
Hanlon was sentenced to five months in prison after he admitted aggravated vehicle-taking, driving while disqualified, driving without third party insurance, on September 15, last year, and failing to surrender on November 27, last year, as well as driving without the owner’s consent, driving while disqualified and driving without third party insurance on September 6, also last year.