Crash driver fled scene

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A DRIVING ban has been imposed on an Eckington man who fled after crashing a friend’s car into a wall.

The £2,000 Rover 25 was written off because of damage sustained in the 1am collision with the boundary wall of a house in High Street, Eckington.

A witness saw driver Dane Wright remove something from the car before geting into another vehicle and leaving the scene.

Police were informed and, when they stopped that vehicle, Wright, 20, got out and ran away, Chesterfield magistrates were told.

“Both airbags on the Rover had been deployed. Blood was found on one and the defendant was traced using DNA.

“He said he had been drinking that night but he didn’t know how much,” said Angela Hadfield, prosecuting.

Wright, of Castle Hill, Eckington, admitted charges of careless driving, failing to stop and report an accident, and driving without insurance and a licence on March 5.

He had previous convictions for assault and using threatening behaviour.

The bench described his behaviour as “totally irresponsible”, saying it was fortunate that he did not kill or cripple a pedestrian when the car mounted the pavement.

He was ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work and banned from driving for a year, with £85 costs. He must also pay £200 compensation to Rover owner Paula Hodkin to cover an insurance policy excess charge.

Wright told the court: “I was at my friend’s house and people there were pressuring for someone to get the beers. I gave in to them in the end and I crashed the car. I don’t know what else to say.”

At a previous hearing, defence solicitor Gavin Haigh said Ms Hodkin had asked Wright to take her car and fetch alcohol. Wright agreed and panicked and fled following the accident.