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Teen Escapes Jail After Joyride

Wednesday October 2 2013


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A TEENAGER threw a house party, stole his dad's car and smashed it into a wall while his parents were away for the weekend, a court heard.

Banned joyrider Jack Keenan went for a spin but lost control of the BMW 318 and wrote if off when he smashed into a wall.

Just three days previously, Keenan, 19, had been sentenced by magistrates over another crash in which his passenger broke a leg.

Refuse worker Keenan narrowly avoided jail after he was labelled 'stupid and immature' by Recorder Nick Barker at Sheffield Crown Court.

Prosecutor Neil Coxon said Keenan was given a two-year driving ban on June 11 for careless driving and driving while unfit through a mixture of drink and drugs including ketamine.

On June 14, after his parents went to Scarborough for the weekend, he organised a party, searched the house for the car keys and took the BMW from the driveway in the early hours.

While driving from Pontefract Road to Harborough Hills Road in Barnsley town centre he lost control and hit a wall.

He fled the scene but DNA from the inflated airbag matched his and he was arrested. He told police he ran away because he knew he was a disqualified driver.

Keenan, of Lang Avenue, Lundwood, had three days earlier appeared before Barnsley magistrates for a crash on February 8.

He was driving a Ford van which collided with a parked VW Golf and caused the van to spin and hit a Vauxhall Zafira.

He tried to flee leaving his passenger Liam Jessop trapped. Mr Jessop had to be cut free and suffered a broken leg.

As well as a driving ban, Keenan was given a two-year community order.

For the most recent incident he admitted aggravated vehicle taking, driving while banned and having no insurance.

Keenan was given a six-month jail term suspended for two years, 120 hours of unpaid work, a 12-month supervision order, a four-month night time curfew and ordered to pay £500 costs.

He was also given a further two-year driving ban.

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Reply Posted by Flicker on Wednesday October 2 2013 at 11:27
Do we assume that the authorities are waiting for him to cause death by dangerous driving before protecting legal road users from this dangerous maniac?

Reply Posted by polly on Wednesday October 2 2013 at 11:33
I'm sorry but this story beggars belief. The lad is a danger to society, why on earth did he not get a custodial sentence???


Reply Posted by WTF on Wednesday October 2 2013 at 11:34
Deserved to spend some time inside and fine his parents for raising such a stupid moron.

Reply Posted by mark on Wednesday October 2 2013 at 11:40
low life scum, both of them!! and by both of them, i mean 1) the little turd puttin lifes at risk ( jack keenan) and 2) the system that allows this tosser to continue hurting innocent folk. if he caused damage to my family id hunt him down and serve justice my self, and we wonder why people take law in to their own hands!! i wouldnt hesitate, world be a better place wi put this kind of scum

Reply Posted by mrs a on Wednesday October 2 2013 at 12:00
This is why insurance premiums go up each year. He should be sent down. Clearly a danger to himself and society.

Reply Posted by Rubydoo on Wednesday October 2 2013 at 12:53
I cannot believe he hasn't been sent to jail. How many chances does he get! It beggers belief that he still has his freedom. Crazy world we live in!

Reply Posted by hally1297 on Wednesday October 2 2013 at 12:56
Who first coined the phrase ' Joy Riding ' ? Where is the joy if a realative of yours gets run over by someone JOY riding ? Where is the JOY if your vehicle which you rely on and spend a lot of money keeping roadworthy gets STOLEN or TAKEN WITHOUT THE OWNERS CONSENT gets wriiten off ? This lad is clearly a menance on the roads and needs a spell in prison. Now that would be JOYFUL....

Reply Posted by anoyed on Wednesday October 2 2013 at 13:19
It beggers belief that this lad has got away with a slap on the wrist not once but twice! Leaving his friend in the car after the accident is unforgivable. There are people who have come into the courts commiting far less dangerous crimes that have been sent to prison. And i am dam sure that it this lad had been in court in wakefield he would have still been in prison for the first crime therefore unable to commit the second!

Reply Posted by mark on Wednesday October 2 2013 at 13:27
fyi i dont think the term joyridin relates to the owner of the car or the victims of hit and run, its more than likely a phrase for the people ridin in the stolen vehicle, and the fact it brings them joy,

Reply Posted by sid on Wednesday October 2 2013 at 14:17
Statement on the 'bleedin' obvious there Mark. We know that!!

Reply Posted by julie on Wednesday October 2 2013 at 13:58
They banned him then ... big deal. He'll be driving before the ink on the ban document is dry, the stupid moron ... what a pathetic dumb judicial system we have - beggars belief!!

Reply Posted by mark on Wednesday October 2 2013 at 14:33
sid read the other posts mate mite make more sense to you

Reply Posted by sid on Wednesday October 2 2013 at 14:40
MMmm I was hoping the poster was being sarcy Mark ,but I fear you may be right.

Reply Posted by shaggydog on Wednesday October 2 2013 at 19:44
Eyup Shag, time to grow up innit or tha gunner end up int knick aren't tha.

Listen to the uncle Shaggy lad.

Reply Posted by pj on Wednesday October 2 2013 at 22:36
Send the little scumbag down and throw away the key! Stupid little moron is a waste of oxygen.

Reply Posted by GH on Thursday October 3 2013 at 20:11
The parked VW golf he hit were mine. I can assure you he tried running away then aswell. This piece of garbage needs locking up before he kills someone.

Reply Posted by lynda on Friday October 4 2013 at 15:14
totally agree with pj, well said

Reply Posted by ward on Monday October 7 2013 at 15:57
agree with all that's said. So why don't the powers that be dam well listen. sentencing all wrong. maybe feel different if it was their property getting damaged.