The incident took place in August last year when Barron, of East Hill Road, drove down Lind Street against the flow of traffic, around a bend and into an oncoming Ford Transit Connect.
Barron, who was driving his ex-partner’s Ford Fiesta without his permission at the time of the crash, had to be extricated from the vehicle by firefighters after smashing into a wall.
Defending, Adam Norris said that Barron is apologetic to the third parties involved in the crash and that he had been suffering from mental health problems. Mr Norris said that Barron, a former drug addict, is now clean of drugs.
Having admitted aggravated vehicle taking, driving without third party insurance and driving without a licence, the Isle of Wight Crown Court sentenced Richard Barron to an 18-month community order and fined him £1,000. He was also disqualified from driving for a period of 18 months.