Drunk driver crashed dad’s car

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A DRUNK driver, who had also taken prescription drugs, stole his dad’s car and smashed it into a neighbouring house, causing £5,000 of damage to the walls, door and interior staircase.

Aaron McCullough, 27, also stole money, a camera and jewellery from the bedroom at his parent’s house in Chorley when he was invited to a family party.

At the time of the offences, McCullough was on bail for a burglary at a garage in Wigan in which two cars were stolen.

Following that burglary, McCullough was seen filling up one of the stolen vehicles with diesel before making off without paying.

McCullough, of Huxley Place, Worsley Mesnes, is now starting a 21 month jail sentence after pleading guilty to burglary, making off without payment, theft, aggravated vehicle taking, driving while disqualified, driving while banned, dangerous driving, driving without insurance, failing to stop after an accident and failing to provide a sample for analysis in what Judge Kevin Grice described as “an appalling litany of offending”.

On November 2 McCullough’s parents visited him to help him with some DIY before taking him to the party at their home.

Recorder Grice said: “You were heavily influenced by drink and affected by drugs despite the advice from your doctor that you shouldn’t mix the two. You had been invited by your father and stepmother to the party at their house. The way you repaid them was quite disgraceful.

“You stole property from your father and your stepmother, in effect ransacking drawers in areas of their house.

“It didn’t stop there however because you knew where the keys were to your father’s car. You took the keys and you took the car. You have no real recollection of what happened next. You drove out of the house at speed, hitting your stepmothers car en route, and onto the public highway at speed.

“You go across the road into a house where on the evidence it appears a significant amount of structural damage was done.

“You almost hit an oncoming car which had to swerve to avoid you. The police came and you collided with another vehicle.”

McCullough admitted the offences but said he had been suffering depression and had taken diazepam to help him sleep and had been drinking.

The court heard McCullough has not been able to speak to his father since the offence, due to his bail conditions, but wished to apologise and start to build bridges with him.