Disqualified driver hit BMW

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A disqualified driver left the scene after colliding with a parked BMW.

Witnesses reported hearing a “bang and screech of tyres” in Hereward Road, on July 18 and when they looked, saw a Volkswagen Passat had collided with the BMW.

When they approached the Passat they saw the driver had his arm in a cast and appeared “dazed”.

He didn’t respond to the witnesses, with one saying he brushed her off as though he didn’t want a fuss.

She thought there could be a language barrier so went nearby where she thought she could find an interpreter, but by the time she returned the driver and his passenger had vanished.

Edvins Dinters appeared at Spalding Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, where he admitted two driving while disqualified charges – including an earlier incident on July 6, when he drove after an argument with his girlfriend. He also admitted failure to stop after an accident and two counts of having no insurance.

The court heard that the BMW had suffered minor damage in the collision.

They were told Dinters had been banned from driving last October for 20 months and had various previous convictions including drink driving.

Magistrates asked for a report to be prepared by the probation service, which was given verbally to the court.

The report said Dinters (48) usually lived at an address in Edward Road with his partner, but that there has been a “hiatus” in the relationship.

Dinters hopes the problems can be resolved and they can get back together.

Magistrates followed the report’s recommendations of a 12 month community order with 180 hours of unpaid work for driving while disqualified.and added a further two years to his driving ban. There was no separate penalty for no insurance or failing to stop.

Dinters was also ordered to pay £85 costs and £60 victim surcharge.

Mike Alexander, mitigating, said Dinters accepted his behaviour was wrong and he should not have got into the car.