Motorist from Clitheroe broke his leg after 'doing a runner' from accident site (From This Is Lancashire)
Motorist from Clitheroe broke his leg after 'doing a runner' from accident site
1:00pm Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
A 34-YEAR-old motorist who crashed into a central reservation late at night, did a ‘runner’ from the scene and broke his leg as he vaulted a fence.
Blackburn magistrates heard police used thermal imaging equipment to try and find Gavin Lewis in fields.
But he was not traced until the following morning when he agreed to go to the police station to make a statement.
Lewis, of Turner Street, Clitheroe, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention, failing to report an accident and driving without insurance. He was fined £125 with £105 costs and his licence endorsed with nine points.
Parveen Akhtar, prosecuting, said firefighters reported hearing something from the nearby field and gave police officers their thermal imaging camera to scan the area.
When officers searched the car, which had crashed into the central reservation on the A59 near to McDonalds, they found a passport, a number of cans of lager and a takeaway meal. Robin Phoenix, defending, said following the crash there was smoke coming from the car and his client was concerned it might burst into flames.