A woman who rode in her neighbour’s car after it was taken without consent has been fined.
Tracey Louise Robinson, 35, of Lambeth Close, Broadfield, pleaded guilty to allowing herself to be carried in the car which was damaged in a road accident caused by the driver.
Crawley magistrates on Wednesday (May 6) heard Robinson, her ex-partner and her neighbour were at a party at her address on April 2.
Melanie Wotton, prosecuting, said the couple took the Renault Clio after the owner left to put her son to bed.
The owner left the keys at the home and the pair left to buy alcohol from local shops, JPs heard.
Ms Wotton said the car was crashed and police were called. The pair were arrested after leaving the vehicle.
Geoff White, defending, said the driver crashed the car into a lamp post within minutes of taking it.
He said Robinson said she would have asked him to stop his ‘ridiculous’ driving but had too little time.
Robinson, who does not drive, was fined £35 and ordered to pay £85 costs and £20 victim surcharge.
The monies were to be deducted from her benefits.
It was heard the driver was sentenced at a separate hearing.