Boyfriend’s ‘moment of madness’ as he careers into doctor’s surgery

IT was a “moment of madness” that led to Jamie Philips reversing a car through the wall of a doctor’s surgery, magistrates were told.

Philips hit a wall at the Mercheford House practice in March - and caused around �6,000 worth of damage to the premises.

The 20-year-old had got behind the wheel of his girlfriend’s car when she went into the surgery - but he lost control of the Ford KA and shot backwards through the wall at the surgery’s Holland House.

Appearing before Fenland magistrates, Philips, of Morton Avenue, March, admitted aggravated vehicle taking, and driving the car without insurance on February 17.

At the time of the crash, GP Dr Eamonn Walsh was in his consulting room, and heard the crash, said prosecutor Andrea Fawcett.


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“He looked through the window and saw a car had collided with the window of the premises, causing extensive structural damage,” she said.

Philips’ girlfriend had earlier parked her car in front of Holland House, leaving him in the passenger seat, and the keys in the ignition.

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“When she returned from her appointment, she found Dr Walsh talking to the defendant, and the car was half way inside the building.”

Solicitor George Sorrell said Philips was planning to replace his girlfriend’s car, that was written off.

He added: It was a senseless thing to do. He lost control of the car, he could not drive properly; it shot backwards, and went through the wall of the surgery.

“My client is thankful that no one was sitting behind the wall, and the bricks did not fall on anyone.

“He is full of remorse and regret for what he did, it was a moment of madness.”

Philips was banned from driving for 12 months. He was ordered to carry out 60 hours of unpaid work and pay �85 costs.

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