Teenager Jacob McKay of Stephenson Way, Corby, admitted drink driving, dangerous driving and driving while disqualified on the same day his friend died in a crash in July.

He was sentenced to a total of 12 months in a young offenders institute when he appeared at Northampton Crown Court. The court heard McKay who was already banned from driving at the time had been following a friend in Pipewell Road, Desborough, when he overtook a car and lost control, swerving onto a verge and narrowly avoiding an articulated lorry.

Passing sentence judge Peter Morrell said "Its very sad to see an 18 year old lad like you standing in the dock of a crown court. You have big problems and your obvious problem is drink, but I accept that there are underlying problems which from time to time lead you to drink more that is good for you. You are a menace at the moment – you drink and you drive, and people who drink and drive end up killing people. They do not mean to, but they do. That's the course that you are on and it's up to you whether you stay on that course or whether you change."

The judge said he was giving McKay a custodial sentence to give him a taste of what it is like inside. Mckay was also banned from driving for three years.