Brothers who stole mum’s car found out cold in ditch

DANGEROUS: The brothers drove on the wrong side of the road on Tinklers Lane, Eccleston
DANGEROUS: The brothers drove on the wrong side of the road on Tinklers Lane, Eccleston
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Two brothers who stole their mum’s car and embarked on a journey of terror on rural Lancashire roads before crashing it into a ditch have appeared in court.

Patrick Barnes and Paul Barnes have both been given suspended jail terms in separate court hearings.

The men visited their mum on April 4 this year.

A taxi arrived at her home to collect them, but they had both already left the house along with her car - a red Astra SRI.

It is understood the car was driven around rural roads in the Chorley area by 19-year-old Patrick.

His sibling, 27-year-old Paul, was in the passenger seat.

The Astra swerved into oncoming traffic on Barmskin Lane, Heskin and then collided with another car.

But the two brothers drove off from the scene and collided with a hedgerow.

The Astra was later seen by witnesses on Tinklers Lane, Eccleston.

This time it was driving on the wrong side of the road.

A driver in another car had to take “evasive action” to avoid crashing into them.

The bungling brothers then crashed into a roadside ditch a short time later.

The airbags on the car were activated.

The two men were found out cold in the car, knocked unconscious by the impact of the collision.

Patrick Barnes, of Dark Lane, Mawdesley, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving in November.

A judge at Preston Crown Court sentenced him to an eight-month suspended jail term and 80 hours of unpaid work during a hearing on Wednesday.

He was banned from driving for 18 months.

Paul Barnes, of Greenwood Lane, Wallasey, Merseyside, previously pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking by allowing himself to be carried in the car, criminal damage of £5,000 or over and dangerous driving in a hearing at Ormskirk Magistrates Court in July.

He was sentenced to two months imprisonment suspended for six months.

He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £80, costs of £85 and compensation of £150.