Ban for man who smashed car into wall

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AN ECKINGTON man who fled after crashing a friend’s car into a wall has been banned from driving.

The £2,000 Rover 25 was written off because of damage sustained after the car hit the boundary wall of a house in High Street, Eckington.

Chesterfield magistrates court heard a witness saw driver Dane Wright remove something from the car before getting into another vehicle and leaving the scene.

Police were informed and, when they stopped that vehicle, Wright, aged 20, got out and fled.

Angela Hadfield, prosecuting, said: “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.”

Wright, of Castle Hill, Eckington, admitted 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 he did not kill or cripple a pedestrian when the car mounted the pavement.

He was ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work, banned from driving for a year and ordered to pay £85 costs.

He must also pay £200 in 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, panicked and fled following the accident, the court heard.