‘I’m a pirate’


A woman high on drink and drugs who stole a passenger ferry and crashed into boats shouting ‘’I’m Jack Sparrow’’ has been jailed. Reckless Alison Whelan, 51, was on a two-day bender when she climbed onto the moored 100-seater Dart Princess in Dartmouth, Devon. Whelan was so drunk on Lambrini she dialed 999 and officers raced to the scene but she then unmoored the 45ft vessel and started drifting away. She was heard shouting “I’m Jack Sparrow” and “I’m A Pirate” as she made her escape on the double-decker ferry. But the boat then began hitting other vessels ‘’like a pinball machine’’ – including a £70,000 catamaran, Torquay Magistrates Court in Devon heard. When arrested she claimed that she ‘’would have ended up in St Tropez’’ if she hadn’t been caught. More than 30 ambulance, police, coastguard and RNLI officers were drafted in during the incident, a court heard. Whelan, of Paignton, Devon, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking and was jailed for 122 days. courtesy