Teen’s high speed crash at superbike hero’s £500k house

Damage caused after a stolen car was smashed into a �500,000 home on Lytham Quays
Damage caused after a stolen car was smashed into a �500,000 home on Lytham Quays
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A novice teenage driver crashed a car into the front of a house owned by former world superbike champion Carl Fogarty.

A judge heard on Monday how the 17-year-old had stolen the £12,000 Ford C-Max and wrote it off in the crash.

The car ended up on its roof embedded in the biker’s house after crashing through metal garden rails, a tree and a shrub on Victory Boulevard in Lytham.

Blackpool Youth Court heard how witnesses saw the youth at the wheel of two other cars - an Audi and a BMW - before he was finally arrested.

The court heard how £3,000 damage was done to Mr Fogarty’s luxury £500,000 detatched property.

The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted burgling a house on Lowton Road, St Annes, in the early hours of June 7 and stealing the Ford’s keys as the owner’s daughter and boyfriend were upstairs.

They woke to hear the screech of the tyres as the car was driven away.

He travelled five miles to the eventual crash scene where he lost control and ploughed into the home on Lytham Quays.

He admitted dangerous driving, drink driving, driving without insurance or a licence.

He pleaded guilty to illegally interfering with the Audi and BMW and the theft of the Ford.

He was given a 12 month sentence in a youth detention centre and banned from the roads for two years.

The judge was told the offences were committed after the teenager had been drinking at a family barbecue and then drinking with friends in a St Annes park.

When the defendant was arrested he told police: “I have been very silly. I have been drinking and took the car.”

Carl Fogarty, 49, was born in Blackburn and won four World Superbike Championships in the mid to late 90s. He He was awarded an MBE in 1998’s New Year’s Honours List and retired two years later after a crash left with him with multiple injuries.