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Property developer is fined after he crashed 100,000 supercar through family's shed, hedge and fence
22:08 GMT, 10 December 2012
Property developer James O'Brien, 37, was hauled into court and fined after smashing his 100,000 supercar through a hedge and into a family's garden, leaving a trail of destruction in his wake.
He ploughed his black Audi R8 sports car — with the number plate R8 OFF, pronounced 'write off' — through a hedge and into the garden, demolishing a shed, bench and a fence before stopping on the back lawn.
The sports car shifted the garden hedge
by about 15 metres, left tyre marks in the grass and scattered
children's toys, including trikes and plastic skittles.
James O'Brien, 37, ploughed his black Audi R8 sports car through a hedge and into the garden, demolishing a shed, bench and a fence before stopping on the back lawn
He was driving at speed on his way through the village at around 1am when the car – which has a top speed of 196mph – flew off the road
O'Brien drove through the village of Awbridge in Hampshire twice because he thought he had left his wallet in a pub, a court heard.
He was driving at speed on his way back through at around 1am when the car — which has a top speed of 196mph — flew off the road.
It skidded to a halt on Andrew and Paula Rigby's lawn, where their two children Wilson, three, and Fay, one, had been playing hours earlier.
The crash woke up the family and neighbours, and Mrs Rigby, 34, dashed outside to find the car empty, having come to rest near their driveway, Southampton Magistrates Court heard.
Mrs Rigby said at the time: 'I heard a bang and at first thought it was the children, but then I heard voices.
'I looked out of the window and there was a car in the garden. I was shocked and it took a while for what had happened to sink in.
The car skidded to halt on the lawn, waking up Andrew and Paula Rigby, left. Their two children, Wilson, three, and Fay, one, had been playing in the garden hours earlier
Mrs Rigby said at the time: 'I was very upset because the kids' things, their toys, had all been trashed. If it had happened during the day my kids may have been out there and could have been killed'
'I was very upset because the kids' things, their toys, had all been trashed. If it had happened during the day my kids may have been out there and could have been killed. It is a terrible thing to think about.'
O'Brien, who admitted driving without due care and attention, was ordered to pay a fine of 465, along with costs of 85 and a 15 victim surcharge. Magistrates also added six points to his licence.
Jane Hemmings, mitigating, said O'Brien, from Awbridge, left the scene on September 4 but later returned and spoke to police.