A HAKIN teenager, who stole and crashed a car, was warned he could’ve been jailed if he was an adult.

The teen, who can’t be named for legal reasons, appeared before Haverfordwest magistrates’ youth court on Friday, April 13.

He admitted, on January 28, to the aggravated taking of a VW Polo car and damaging it in a crash at Old Hakin Road, Tiers Cross.

He also admitted driving without a licence or insurance on the same date.

Prosecuting, Abul Hussain said the youth had no previous cautions or convictions.

The court heard police were called to the crash, finding the VW in a hedge bank.

Representing the youth, Stuart John said the theft and crash was “an isolated incident,” describing it as “something he can put behind him”.

The youth’s mother told the court: “He’s been very, very upset about what he’s done; he does appreciate what he’s done, he will never do it again.”

The youth described the incident as “a moment of misjudgement,” telling the court that a following taxi’s lights on “full blast” had caused him to lose control.

The youth was told by the bench: “You could’ve killed yourself, you could’ve caused someone else to lose their life.”

The youth was placed on a three-month referral order, with costs of £85 and a £20 court charge.

“This is going to cost your mother £105, hopefully it will be deducted from your pocket money,” the youth was told.

He was also banned from driving for 12 months.

The bench finished: “If you had been over 18 and done this we could’ve sent you to prison; it is an extremely serious matter.”