Chesterfield driver fled crash scene

sp56888'Chesterfield Magistrates Court
sp56888'Chesterfield Magistrates Court

A distressed motorist who was involved in a crash in Chesterfield caused over £4,000 of damage to the car he was driving and left another vehicle so badly damaged it is likely to be a write-off.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard how Joshua Hood, 21, of Wharf Lane, Stonegravels, Chesterfield, had taken his brother’s Vauxhall without permission and drove along Coniston Road and Racecourse Road before crashing into a Nissan Terrano and fleeing.

Prosecuting solicitor Michael Treharne said: “The defendant’s brother had left his car outside a friend’s on Coniston Road and had left his keys at the property and the defendant went into the home and took the keys and drove the car around. He lost control on Racecourse Road and collided with a parked Nissan Terrano and as the owner came out he saw the Vauxhall leaving the scene.”

The following day, the defendant’s brother reported his vehicle as stolen and the defendant called police and admitted what he had done. Hood told police he had driven the car to clear his head after he had had a row with his girlfriend in November. He pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking without consent, causing damage to the vehicle and another vehicle and he also admitted using a vehicle without insurance, failing to stop after an accident and failing to immediately report the matter to police. He also admitted driving without due care and attention.

Defence solicitor Katie Fowkes said: “He had an argument with his partner and made a foolish decision to the take the car.”

Miss Fowkes explained that £4,425 of damage was caused to his brother’s Vauxhall and the other damaged vehicle is likely to be a write-off. Magistrates sentenced Hood on Monday to a 12 month community order with 80 hours’ unpaid work, a £60 victim surcharge and £85 costs and he was banned from driving for 12 months.