Scunthorpe man tried to steal police officer's car after 'heavy drinking session'
A DRUNKEN reveller was so desperate to get back to Scunthorpe after a night out in Manchester that he tried to steal a police officer's car, a court heard.
Tommy Lawson, 30, of Coventry Close, Scunthorpe, admitted attempting to steal a car on February 3.
He was lost and could not use his train ticket home because one of his friends had it, the court was told.
Jayne Wilson, prosecuting, told North Lincolnshire Magistrates' Court that Lawson was spotted on police CCTV acting suspiciously in a car park behind a Manchester police station.
He was discovered trying to break in to a car owned by a police officer and had already pulled back the driver's door.
He later told police he needed to get back to Scunthorpe.
He had lost one of his friends, who had his train ticket, and tried to steal the car because he had no other means to get home. He would have dumped the car in a back alley in Scunthorpe, Mrs Wilson said.
Andrew Pascoe, mitigating, said Lawson had been out with friends in Manchester but got lost and disorientated after a heavy drinking session. He said: "He came to the conclusion that the only way to get home was to take a car and drive across the Pennines to Scunthorpe."
Mr Pascoe said it was fortunate Lawson picked a police officer's car to try to steal, as he would otherwise have committed more serious offences.
Lawson, a litter picker for North Lincolnshire Council, also admitted failing to attend for a follow-up drug assessment on February 6. He was fined £200 and was ordered to pay £300 compensation, £85 costs and a £20 victims' surcharge.
District judge Daniel Curtis told him: "This was a drunken escapade, not a determined attempt to steal a vehicle."