A motorist has been fined for failing to stop after an accident and for wasting police time.
Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Friday how Joseph Saxton, 35, of Cartmel Crescent, Chesterfield, collided with a lamppost and left the crash and wrongly reported his vehicle had been stolen.
Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said police were told his BMW had been stolen but they became suspicious after other officers had recovered it following the collision.
Defence solicitor Steve Brint explained Saxton had crashed after making a mobile phone call and had gone to get a friend and his truck but when they returned the BMW had been taken by police and his friend badly advised him to report it stolen.
Saxton pleaded guilty to failing to stop and to making a false report. He was fined £600 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge. His licence was also endorsed with five points.