Learner driver 'steals car during lesson'

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A teenager has been arrested after allegedly stealing a car during a driving lesson.

The 17-year-old, who has not been named, was arrested on suspicion of theft, after his driving instructor was left stranded at the side of the road when his pupil made off at speed as he was being guided through a three-point turn.

The incident happened near Kingsnorth power station on the Hoo Peninsula in Kent last Monday, Kent police said.

The teen, who is thought to be a friend of the man teaching him to drive, was arrested later the same day after the MG Rover was spotted on Rochester High Street.

He is also accused of stealing a mobile phone and wallet from the car. He has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

According to a Telegraph report, a Kent Police spokesperson said: "The 17-year-old from Rochester is believed to have sped away while being guided through a three-point turn, leaving his victim behind on wasteland on the Hoo Peninsula.

"Kent Police was notified following the incident, at about 4pm on Monday 2 February, and the Rover MG was spotted later that day in Rochester High Street, where the boy was arrested."

This isn't the first time a learner driver has got into hot water during a lesson. Last year a number of prospective motorists were arrested after being found over the legal drink-drive limit, one while under tuition.