[A] WORKINGTON man who stole three vehicles and burgled a house on his street during a two-day crime spree has been sent to prison.
Nathan Anthony Lancaster, 25, stole a television and DVDs after breaking into a property on Brierydale, Salterbeck, on March 16. He used a hammer he had earlier stolen, along with a jacket, from a nearby car and was in possession of cannabis when police arrested him.
Carlisle Crown Court heard Lancaster was bailed but, while high on Valium and methadone, committed a string of other offences within hours.
He stole a Vauxhall Astra from a friend, pinched a Seat Alhambra which had been earmarked for crushing at a West Cumbria scrapyard and then tried to sell it to an off-duty policeman he assaulted. Lancaster then snatched an Audi TT but was detained a second time after crashing it into a road sign.
He was sentenced today (FRI) having admitted almost a dozen crimes including burglary and three counts of aggravated vehicle taking.
Jailing him for three years, Judge Peter Hughes QC said: “You essentially went berserk under the influence of the drugs you had taken.”
Lancaster must also serve a two-year driving ban when released from custody, and pass an extended test.