Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Mayhem of Yob 'At a Loose End; Menace Was in High-Speed Chase Afterstealing Truck

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Mayhem of Yob 'At a Loose End; Menace Was in High-Speed Chase Afterstealing Truck

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Byline: LINDA RICHARDS ;SOPHIE DOUGHTY

SERIAL yob Stephen Mordue is behind bars after leaving a trail of destruction in a high-speed chase with cops.

The menace, who was once banned from the Tyneside streets he terrorised, demolished a wall and a hedge when he got behind the wheel of a stolen truck while he was almost two times over the drink drive limit.

He was caught as he fled after smashing into a wall and flipping the truck over. But when officers caught up with him, Mordue tried to blame a mate, claiming the pal was driving and he was a passenger. But the 20-year-old, who has never held a driving licence, came clean when he appeared before Gateshead magistrates.

He pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking, drink driving, using a vehicle without insurance, failing to stop after an accident and obstructing a police officer.

Mordue, of Glencoe Rise, Highfield, Gateshead, also admitted being in breach of his Anti Social Behaviour Order which bans him from the streets of various Gateshead villages and from being drunk or under the influence of drugs in a public place Prosecutor David Thompson said Mordue stole the truck from Hillcroft, in Highfield, Gateshead, on August 12 and sped off with the tyres screeching. He was driving and pal Lee Dodds was a pass enger. The truck owner and friends launched a search and came across the vehicle overturned in Greenside.

Mr Thompson said: "Police officers on duty received a radio message about a stolen truck and when they entered Greenside Road they saw a pick-up being driven towards them at high speed causing them to stop.

"There were two males present in the vehicle, which passed them at high speed and sped off towards Coalburns, mounting a grassed area.

"The officers turned their vehicle around and followed but lost sight of it. A short time later they were told the vehicle was involved in a collision and that two males had made off from the scene.

"Officers approached the scene of the collision and saw two males running up an embankment. They were able to catch them. They were Mordue and Dodds, who matched the appearance of descriptions given by witnesses. …

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