Police used stun gun on car thief

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A91XK7 Police line tape

A learner driver who went joyriding in a car crashed into a wall when he tried to escape from the police.

Michael Farrell had to be shot with a stun gun and taken to the ground after fleeing from the car.

Farrell, a 26-year-old ground-worker, of Abbots Walk, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to the aggravated taking of a car, driving with excess 
alcohol and not in accordance with his provisional licence.

He was sentenced to 12 months’ supervision with six months’ drugs rehabilitation, banned from the road for three years and fined £100 with £85 costs plus £60 
victims’ surcharge by 
District Judge Huw Edwards sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Claire Harris, prosecuting, said Farrell took a Ford Fiesta belonging to a friend’s girlfriend on July 25.

At 4.30am police spotted him in the car and put on their vehicle’s lights and sirens signalling him to stop.

Farrell refused to stop and crashed the car into a wall on Rydal Road as police pursued him.

A breath test showed he was twice over the limit with 70 micrograms of alcohol in his body – 35 is the limit.

Martin Hillson, defending, said his client panicked when he saw the police.