TWO “utterly irresponsible” teenagers went on a “joyride” in a six-ton dumper truck causing thousands of pounds worth of damage at a new development in Camborne.
Jordan Cooper, 19, of Chapel Road, and a 14-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were spotted driving the yellow Thwaites truck in Tuckingmill, near Cooper’s home.
A witness visiting his parents in Dalcoath on May 5 could see the vehicle being driven around making considerable noise on the building site, which runs across both sides of Chapel Road and which was at mostly ground level at that time.
At Truro Crown Court on Friday, Iain White, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “The witness could see two young men sitting on top of the vehicle. Both young men took turns in driving it and he could see that damage was being caused to nearby fences.
“Shortly afterwards there seems to be some change in the motion of the vehicle. There appeared to be some police in the immediate area and those who were on the dumper truck were alerted and ceased their activity.”
Seeing the police arrive, the teenagers tried to hide but were found and arrested.
Both admitted aggravated vehicle taking but claimed the truck was running when they found it, and the 14-year-old told police he only drove the truck for about two minutes.
Probation officer Mary Lewis said Cooper was spending time with the younger boy because he was immature and that he suffered from “quite serious” attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Sentencing, Judge Christopher Harvey Clark, QC, said the teenagers had driven the machinery in a way that was utterly irresponsible.
He said: “They doubtless had a very good time. They caused a lot of damage. No doubt it was great fun to drive a dumper truck at a fence and smash it up …It may have been to you a Sunday afternoon joyride but you caused very substantial damage running into thousands of pounds.”
Cooper was sentenced to a 12-month community order and told to carry out 40 hours unpaid work.
The younger boy was given a 10-month referral order, to include meeting with the youth panel and 30 hours reparation.
Both were disqualified from driving for 12 months.