Drunk teen filmed hanging off car bonnet at 50mph

This is the shocking moment a drunk teenager was filmed on Snapchat hanging onto a car bonnet at 50mph on snowy roads.

Oliver Barton was captured by co-defendant and 'main cameraman' Connor Fleming in the early hours of January 24 after a drinking session, a court heard.

Fleming also filmed Joseph Clayton in a separate incident as he 'perched himself half out' of a blue VW Polo and 'sit on the top of the drivers door hanging out of the car'.

Judge Simon Medland QC said it was a 'miracle' that no-one in the cars was injured and that their 'conduct was utterly disgraceful and dangerous almost beyond belief'.

Prosecutor Stephen Parker told Burnley Crown Court that emergence services were initially called to a road traffic collision at the roundabout of Bocholt Way and Bacup Road in Rawtenstall at 12.15am on January 24.

A red VW Polo driven by over-the-limit Lucas Blanchard had been travelling from the direction of Waterfoot when it went onto the wrong side of the road, mounted the kerb and hit a lamppost.Fleming and Barton were passengers in the vehicle but there were 'no independent witnesses to the accident prepared to provide statements', the court heard.However Mr Parker said police were approached by a witness who said that he had seen 'torch lights' in the red Polo and in another vehicle 'that he thought was travelling in convoy with it'.Police seized the mobile phones of all four defendants and found a Snapchat story saved on Fleming's device.

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The Snapchat video showed separate incidents in the red Polo driven by Blanchard and the blue Polo driven by Clayton.

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Describing the incident in the red Polo, Mr Parker said:

  • Blanchard, 20, of Roundhill Lane, Haslingden, Fleming, 20, of Crabtree Buildings, Whitewell Bottom, and Clayton, 19, of Albert Terrace, Bacup, all pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.

  • Fleming also admitted using a mobile phone while driving and Blanchard pleaded guilty to drink driving after providing a reading of 72mg in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.

  • Barton, 19, of Pleasant View, Waterfoot, pleaded guilty at an earlier magistrates hearing to allowing himself to be carried on part of a vehicle while in motion. He was fined £100 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Judge Medland QC said Blanchard, Fleming and Clayton are 'are all young men of previous good character with comparatively stable social lives and reasonable work records'.Before any of their barristers could offer mitigation, he told the court:

Blanchard, Fleming and Clayton were all given 12-month community orders with unpaid work requirements, driving bans and electronically monitored curfews until January 2, 2020.

The boys posted pictures of them out drinking before the incident Credit: MEN Syndication