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Boy drink-driver, 13, sentenced
Jon Smee
Jon Smee is also the subject of an anti-social behaviour order
A 13-year-old boy has been given four months youth custody for drink-driving.

Jon Smee has been banned from driving twice before and is thought to be the youngest person to be convicted of the offence in the UK.

Smee, from Salford, was arrested in a stolen car after police chased him through the city in November 2004.

He was sentenced by Salford magistrates after pleading guilty last month to drink-driving, aggravated vehicle taking and driving without insurance.

Lost control

The 4ft 10in (1.47m) teenager, of Thursfield Street, Cromwell, looked shocked and shaken as he was handcuffed and led from the court.

The court heard he was caught after being spotted speeding along Queensway, Salford, at speeds of up to 70mph without his lights on.

He had narrowly missed a pedestrian and lost control of the car at a roundabout after his front offside wheel hit the kerb and the tyre exploded.

Pam Johal, prosecuting, said: "The pedestrian, who was walking along Queensway, heard a screech of tyres and saw the car driving over 30mph on the wrong side of the road.

'Very shaken'

"He said he felt the draught from the speed of the vehicle and was forced to take a step back as it approached him.

"He felt very shaken by the incident."

When Smee noticed his car was slowing down, he opened the door and abandoned it.

But the officers giving chase caught up with him and breathalysed him.

District Judge John Finestein said he had taken the unusual step of naming the boy because he hoped it would alert the public and stop Smee offending again.

He has a number of previous convictions and has been made the subject of an anti-social behaviour order.




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