Joyrider 'up to her eyeballs' on drugs when she took car
A WOMAN "up to her eyeballs" on drugs took a car for a joyride after stealing the keys from a house, a court heard.
Tracey Eggar, aged 33, drove off in the resident's VW Polo after taking the keys from the porch of the house in Stoke, Plymouth Crown Court was told.
Eggar, of Pasley Street, Stoke, admitted burglary, taking the vehicle without consent, driving without insurance and otherwise than in accordance with a licence.
Eggar, who has offences dating back to the 90s, also pleaded guilty to possession of a small amount of heroin.
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Judge Paul Darlow gave her a 12-month prison sentence, but suspended it for two years.
She must complete a Drug Rehabilitation Requirement and remain under probation supervision for a year. Eggar was also banned from driving for 18 months.
Judge Darlow said: "You took this car for a joy ride."
Alistair Verheijen, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said a woman noticed her neighbour's car moving in Camperdown Street on the morning of May 21.
He added her attention was drawn because the brake lights came on several times as the Polo went down the street.
The court heard the woman checked with her neighbour, who found her car keys missing from the porch.
Mr Verheijen said police found Eggar with the car nearby. They also found heroin worth £15.
Ali Rafati, for Eggar, said she was "absolutely up to her eyeballs" on drugs.
He added she had been looking for a friend who lived nearby when she saw the keys hanging inside the porch.
Mr Rafati said she was fighting her heroin addiction and was on a prescription for the substitute drug methadone. He added she had not offended since May and her latest previous conviction was in 2007.
Mr Rafati said she was living with her long-term partner who himself had been a chronic drug user before cleaning himself up and finding a job.