Teenager who fractured friend’s skull after crashing off-road motorcycle while drunk locked up for 16 months

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A 19-year-old who left his friend with a fractured skull after he crashed an off-road motorbike into a car in Northamptonshire has been locked up for 16 months.

Luke Stephenson was riding the motorcycle on the pavement on May 11 when he crashed into a car pulling into Montagu Street in Kettering.

Northampton Crown Court heard Stephenson has a female friend as a passenger on the motorcycle and, as a result of the collision, she was thrown off the bike and over the car.

Dominic Woolard, prosecuting, said the woman suffered a fractured skull and was in a hospital for two weeks after she suffered a bleed on the brain.

Stephenson, who did not stay at the scene, was arrested later that day by police and was gave a breathalyser reading of 79 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Stephenson pleaded guilty to charges of dangerous driving, driving with no insurance and driving while over the alcohol limit.

He also admitted stealing alcohol from the Co-op in Kettering and a charge of criminal damage relating to graffiti spray painted on brick pillars at a branch of Morrisons in the town.

Maxine Krone, mitigating, said her client had shown genuine remorse for his actions and said he was pleased his friend had been able to make a full recovery from her injuries.

Judge Lynn Tayton, sentencing, said Stephenson’s actions on May 11 had been extremely dangerous and could have had fatal consequences.

She said: “You could have killed someone by riding on the pavement as you could have hit a child or anyone who had just stepped out.”

Stephenson, of Bluebell Close, Kettering, was sentenced to a year in a young offender institution for dangerous driving and three months, to be served consecutively, for the excess alcohol charge.

He was given an extra one month for the criminal damage charge, making a total of 16 months.