Drunk novice driver James Pratt crashed into house
- 25 November 2013
- From the section Tees
A drunk motorist who crashed into a house during his first time behind the wheel, trapping a family inside, has been given a suspended sentence.
James Pratt crashed the Audi A3 into another car before becoming airborne and hitting the house in Stockton.
At Teesside Crown Court, he admitted aggravated vehicle taking, driving with no insurance or licence and driving with excess alcohol in August.
Pratt, 20, was given an 18-month jail sentence suspended for two years.
Along with a 12-month supervision order, he was told to complete 150 hours of unpaid work, disqualified from driving for two years and will have to take an extended driving test.
Crashed through door
Pratt had taken his aunt's Audi A3 after getting drunk at his brother's 21st birthday party in Stockton.
The speeding car struck the other vehicle, launched into the air and cleared the garden wall before crashing through the front door of the house, blocking the staircase with debris.
Judge George Moorhouse told Pratt, who had no previous convictions: "Clearly drink-driving in these circumstances is unforgiveable, someone could have been killed.
"I am told it is the first occasion you have ever driven a motor car. It might have been the last."
The judge said he made no order for compensation because Pratt had no job or money.
Katie Walker, her partner and her 15-month-old daughter were rescued by firefighters through the bedroom window.