A TEENAGER who stole two cars in a bid to get home from a party has been spared prison.
Declan Turner sneaked into a house and took the keys to a Vauxhall Vectra after leaving a house party in Hartlepool.
But he abandoned the vehicle when it broke down near the A19, and took another car after breaking into a garage.
Teesside Crown Court heard he took a Renault Megane from Wyncroft Motors in Sunderland Road, Dalton Piercy.
Police later found it abandoned in Darlington, just a street away from Turner’s home.
The 19-year-old was arrested after his fingerprints were found at the house in Colenso Street, Hartlepool, where the Vectra was taken from.
The owner had been in bed when the burglary happened and didn’t know anything about it until he was alerted by police.
Turner told police he was with another man and denied being the driver of the car.
He admitted burglary and theft of a motor vehicle and asked for the garage burglary to be taken into consideration.
Peter Johnson, mitigating, said domestic issues had been to blame for him drinking too much and taking drugs.
He said: “While it was an occupied burglary, there was no damage done and I hope the court would be of the view that this was done on impulse.”
Judge Howard Crowson sentenced him to 10 months prison which was suspended for two years with probation.
Turner, of Hundens Lane, Darlington, had served 95 days in custody while on remand.