Solo learner driver fled fuel station after crash

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A SOLO learner driver fled the BP petrol station forecourt at Long Sutton after being involved in a crash with another car.

Ryan Fewkes (24) went there to buy painkillers and other items after his girlfriend lost her unborn baby.

Spalding magistrates heard there was confusion about rights of way at the rear of the petrol station and the collision happened as Fewkes was leaving and the other car, driven by Harvey Jackson, was on its way to Travelodge.

The court heard Fewkes was a provisional licence holder on June 3 and was driving a Peugeot 206 owned by his girlfriend, Aimee Clarke.

Edward Johnson, prosecuting, said the Peugeot’s bumper was left at the scene and the front of Mr Jackson’s car was “caved in”.

Fewkes, of Sutton Crosses, Long Sutton, denied being responsible for the crash and the prosecution dropped a charge of driving without due care and attention.

He admitted failing to stop, driving without insurance and driving otherwise than in accordance with his licence.

Mr Johnson said Fewkes told police he didn’t stop because he panicked but he did look to see the occupants of the other car were okay.

The prosecutor told the court: “He said the occupants of the other car were shouting and swearing.”

Magistrates imposed a 21-day driving ban and a £50 fine for the failure to stop. He was also ordered to pay £35 towards costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

There were no separate penalties for the other offences.

Solicitor Rachel Stevens, mitigating, said Fewkes passed his test a couple of weeks after the accident and urged magistrates to impose a short ban so he can quickly resume driving for his job in the building industry.

Miss Stevens said Fewkes’ girlfriend had a miscarriage shortly before the accident.

She was bleeding heavily and asked him to go out and buy sanitary towels and painkillers.

Miss Stevens said: “It was a short journey and he took a chance.”

She said Fewkes wasn’t trying to evade detection. He took the items to his girlfriend and then went to the police station.

l Aimee Clarke (21), also of Sutton Crosses, pleaded guilty by letter to permitting Fewkes to drive without insurance and was fined £250 and ordered to pay £43 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

She said Fewkes went to the shop to get her some painkillers “otherwise this stupid mistake would not have happened”.