Drunken man caused carnage with lorry theft

Drunken man caused carnage with lorry theft

A DRUNK man decided not to get a bus home – he stole a lorry from premises in Gomersal instead.

Richard Henry, 43, broke into a compound at Highgrove Beds on Spen Lane after a night out on December 17.

Leeds Crown Court heard Henry, of Moorside, Cleckheaton, got fed up of waiting for a bus home.

He instead scaled a six-foot fence and stole a 7.5-tonne Mercedes Benz truck when he noticed the keys were inside.

Henry smashed the lorry through the compound’s gates and then careered down two terraced streets while being pursued by police.

He crashed into two parked cars before being caught about a mile from the bed firm’s lorry compound.

Damage to the gates, truck and the two cars he crashed into came to more than £10,000.

Henry, who refused to give a breath test at the scene, admitted aggravated vehicle taking and failure to provide a specimen.

He was banned from driving for three years and given a 12-month prison sentence suspended for a year.

Henry was also put on a six-month alcohol treatment programme and told to pay Highgrove Beds £1,000 compensation.

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