Car ‘stolen in middle of driving lesson’
Boy, 17, arrested on suspicion of speeding off from instructor while being guided through three-point turn on Hoo Peninsula in Kent
A learner driver who allegedly stole a car in the middle of a driving lesson has been arrested on suspicion of theft.
The 17-year-old is suspected of speeding off while being guided through a three-point turn, leaving the owner of the car stranded by the roadside, near the Kingsnorth power station.
It is understood the teenager was a friend of the man who owned the case, who was teaching him how to drive.
The incident took place on the Hoo Peninsula, in Kent, at about 4pm on Monday, Kent Police said.
The MG Rover was spotted later that day in nearby Rochester High Street, where the boy was arrested.
The teenager is also accused of stealing a mobile phone and wallet from the car.
He was released on police bail until February 24 pending further inquiries.
A Kent Police spokesman: “The 17-year-old from Rochester is believed to have sped away while being guided through a three-point turn, leaving his victim behind on wasteland on the Hoo Peninsula.
“Kent Police was notified following the incident, at about 4pm on Monday 2 February, and the Rover MG was spotted later that day in Rochester High Street, where the boy was arrested.”