‘Drunk’ teenage girl wrote off mum’s car

AN 18-YEAR-OLD girl wrote off her mother’s car after stealing the vehicle while drunk, a court heard.

Codie Holder, of Meadow Close, in Lavenham, appeared at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Friday charged with aggravated vehicle taking, driving while above the legal limit and driving without insurance or a full licence.

The court heard that Holder’s mother dropped her off at Sudbury train station on March 8 before returning home and going to bed. She then received a call in the early hours of the morning explaining her Honda Civic had been badly damaged in a crash.

“Police came across the incident in Cockfield and found the car on its roof straddling both sides of the road,” said Sarah-Jane Atkins, prosecuting. “There was an ambulance present and when a police officer spoke to the defendant she said her mother would ‘go mad’.”

Mrs Atkins told the court Holder had managed to scramble unharmed from the wreckage of the car and had told police: “I’m not going to lie I stole the car and I’m drunk.”

Holder was then arrested and taken to Bury Police Investigation Centre where a specimen of blood was taken. This recorded 140 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80.

“She had taken the train to Marks Tey to meet friends and had got home between 2am and 3am in the morning,” said Mrs Atkin.

“She had a big argument with her boyfriend and wanted to get out of the house. She wanted to drive to Bury St Edmunds and was driving there when a deer ran out and this caused the crash.”

Holder, representing herself, said she was going through a ‘bad time’ when the incident occurred.

Magistrates adjourned the case until today for probation reports and gave Holder an interim driving disqualification.