Driver tracked down after hit and run smash

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A motorist who crashed into a parked car and fled the scene was tracked down and brought to justice.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Thursday, November 28, how Gary Dixon, 28, of Snape Hill Lane, Dronfield, had been driving on The Avenue, Dronfield, when he smashed into a parked Peugeot 207 and caused damage.

Becky Allsop said: “The owner of the parked car was away but photos from a friend showed substantial damage and the owner was contacted by police who said the vehicle had been struck by a driver who left the scene.”

Police revealed they had details of the Vauxhall Corsa loan car Dixon had been driving and recovered it. Miss Allsop added Dixon was arrested after he reported the vehicle missing to police.

Dixon pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention, causing damage and failing to stop and report the accident to police after failing to give details at the scene. The Peugeot 207 suffered damage to its front off-side after the incident in July, according to Mrs Allsop.

Defence solicitor Gavin Hague said Dixon was approached at home and made full admissions and said he had been struggling to change audio equipment when he became too close to parked vehicles and there was a collision.

Dixon, who is banned from driving for a previous offence of being caught asleep at the wheel while unfit through alcohol, was disqualified from driving for 12 months, fined £250 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £25 victim surcharge.