AN out of work labourer has been banned from driving after crashing his friend’s car and driving away from the scene of the crash in Barnstaple.
David Brew Coleman had borrowed his friend’s Peugeot to make a trip to Tesco when he crashed into a Ford Mondeo at the roundabout near the TA centre in Alexandra Road on July 26.
The 21-year-old had been driving the car without a full driving licence or insurance Lyndsey Baker, for the prosecution, told North Devon Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
Miss Baker said after the crash Coleman got out of the car and spoke to the driver of the Mondeo, but panicked when the other driver said he was going to call the police and drove off before abandoning the vehicle.
Coleman, of Gould Road in Forches, then failed to report the accident to the police until a few days later, when he handed himself in.
He was charged with failing to stop after an accident, failing to inform the police of an accident, driving without insurance and driving without a licence.
He pleaded guilty to all four charges.
Zara Svensson, for the defence, said Coleman had misjudged the distance between the two cars.
“He’s been frank with me,” she said.
“Thankfully there was only minor damage caused but nevertheless, the crash happened.”
She also said Coleman had lost his job over the incident.
Presiding magistrate Jane Kivlin fined Coleman, who said he hoped to soon have a new job, £110, ordered him to pay a £20 victim surcharge, £100 compensation and banned him from driving for nine months.