Driver smashed into nursing home while high on drugs


A DRIVER admitted crashing into the front of a nursing home while high on drugs.

Mark McKinney, 26, of Burnhope Way, Peterlee, crashed into the porch of the nursing home, Durham Crown Court heard.

“Damage caused to the property was about £10,000,” said Shaun Dryden, prosecuting.

“There was no police chase or anything of that sort, nor is the nursing home on a bend.

“It appears the defendant simply drove into it because of his drugged state.”

The court heard the damage was caused to the Kingsway Nursing Home, in Kingsway, Langley Park, on November 19 last year.

McKinney denied aggravated vehicle taking of a Vauxhall Zafira on the same date.

He admitted dangerous driving of the same car.

McKinney also pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine, driving while unfit through drink or drugs, driving without insurance, and resisting a police officer in the execution of his duty.

Mr Dryden said the pleas were acceptable which meant there would not be a trial of the aggravated vehicle taking charge.

David Comb, mitigating, applied for probation and psychiatric reports before McKinney is sentenced.

Judge Christopher Prince ordered the reports and bailed McKinney to return to court on October 10 to be dealt with.

The judge told him: “The granting of bail in this case is no indication of the likely sentence.

“All options remain open, including custody.”