A TEENAGER stole his stepdad's Land Rover Freelander before crashing it into a field, a court heard.

Bradley Tolfrey, 18, of Sandown Road, Lake, admitted one count of aggravated vehicle taking and vehicle damage of £5,000 or over, and further charges of driving without a licence and driving without insurance at the Isle of Wight Magistrates' Court yesterday (Tuesday).

Prosecuting, Ann Smout, told the court Tolfrey had been living with his mother and stepfather when he stole the car in the early hours of October 20, last year.

His stepfather woke up to find his vehicle missing and was later told by police Tolfrey had crashed it into a field.

For Tolfrey, Barry Arnett said: "He took the keys from the safe and intended to drive the vehicle around and leave it without any fuel. He did not intend to crash it and pleads guilty at the first opportunity."

Tolfrey was disqualified from driving for 12 months and ordered to complete 15 rehabilitation days with the Probation Service and 19 sessions of thinking skills on the mainland.

He will also have to pay an £85 surcharge and £85 in court costs.