A ‘FEW minutes of fun’ cost two young men hundreds of pounds after they were convicted of drink-driving at Goodwood.
Harry Phelan, 20, of Portsmouth Road, Horndean, and Luke Colwell, 21, of Partridge Gardens, Waterlooville, crashed a Vauxhall Corsa into a Goodwood security van after the pair went to watch drum and bass duo Chase and Status perform at the first of Goodwood’s Three Friday Nights on June 6.
Police said the pair were banned from the roads and fined after pleading guilty at Chichester Magistrates’ Court last Thursday (December 4).
A spokesman said: “Shortly before midnight on Friday, June 6, Harry Phelan, 20, and Luke Colwell, 21, were spotted taking turns driving around a car park at Goodwood Racecourse after a race night.
“Colwell crashed a Vauxhall Corsa into a Goodwood security van before getting out so that Phelan could drive the car.
“When police arrived, both men were pointed out by security staff and were arrested, despite Phelan running off and being found hiding in woods nearby.”
After the pair were caught, they were breathalysed and found to be more than twice the drink-drive limit.
Superintendent Jane Derrick said: “Both Colwell and Phelan admitted being drunk when they were arrested and both said they felt stupid at what they had done.
“A few minutes of fun for them in the car park has cost them hundreds of pounds in fines and costs and the right to use the roads for more than a year.
“Drink-driving is totally unacceptable and we will continue to look for and arrest anyone we suspect is driving while under the influence.”
Colwell was banned from driving for 23 months, fined £110 and told to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
Phelan pleaded guilty to driving without insurance as well as drink-driving. He was banned from driving for 17 months and ordered to pay a £380 fine, £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
Their sentencing follows that of Alexander Aston, 23, of Red Deer Close, Horsham, who pleaded guilty to drink-driving in September after attending the same event at Goodwood on June 6 which ultimately led to him driving the wrong way down the A27.