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'Jack the lad' flasher is spared jail
A FLASHER who fled in a car when he was caught on closed circuit television cameras exposing himself in a town centre was yesterday spared jail.
Ashley Hollywood - described by a judge as a "Jack the Lad" who had no regard for the courts - dropped his trousers in Bondgate, Darlington, in the early hours.
One woman who came out of the nearby Turks Head pub spluttered at the sight and spat out a mouthful of drink, Teesside Crown Court heard yesterday.
Unemployed Hollywood fled in his father's car with four friends even though he was not insured and only had a provisional driving licence after an earlier ban.
He went the wrong way around a roundabout, sped through junctions and failed to stop at give-way signs as police chased his vehicle at 2am on March 4.
He abandoned the car and ran off with his mates, but later handed himself in and pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and exposure when he appeared in court.
His solicitor, Stephen Andrews, told Judge John Walford that Hollywood, 22, had shown signs of maturing since a rash of convictions from the age of 12.
But the judge said fathering a child to a new partner and having one from a previous relationship at such a young age might be more typical of someone irresponsible.
"Goes out taking his father's car at night, exposes himself and drives dangerously," said Judge Walford. "Not much sign of increasing maturity there.
"His record and the way he is depicted in that film paint a picture of someone who is regarded as a bit of a Jack the Lad. Is that how he sees himself?"
Mr Andrews replied: "I have represented him often and don't think that would be an incorrect description of him, at all, and I don't think he would argue with it.
"But he is now in a relationship with a young child and has added responsibilities. Securing gainful employment has long been amiss but he is trying.
"He is at a complete loss to explain his behaviour. There is nothing on his record to suggest any sort of sexual deviancy, so this is out of character."
Hollywood, of Alwyne Road, Darlington, was given a nine-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and banned from driving for 18 months.
He was also put under supervision, ordered to go on a Thinking Skills programme, do 200 hours of unpaid work for the community and pay £500 costs.
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