Dove Holes motorist who hit parked car had memory loss

High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.
High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.

A Dove Holes man who twice crashed into a parked car in snowy conditions in the early hours of the morning suffered memory loss and didn’t remember the incident, a court heard.

Philip Fred Green was driving a Suzuki Swift which was seen by a taxi driver to collide with a parked Ford Fiesta on Holker Road in Buxton at around 3.30am on January 18, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

It was 3.30am and the road had not been swept or ploughed for some considerable time.

John Bunting, defending

The taxi driver then saw Green get out of his car, inspect the damage and drive off, prosecutor Jennifer Fitzgerald said.

The Fiesta suffered damage to both the front and rear as once Green collided with the vehicle, he reversed out of the way but then hit it again in the slippery conditions, the court heard.

CCTV footage showed Green driving away from the crash scene with snow covering his rear and driver’s side windows.

The taxi driver took down the number plate of the Suzuki and passed it on to police, who wrote to Green with a notice of intended prosecution, Mrs Fitzgerald added.

In interview, Green said he had been out in Buxton and had consumed two pints of Fosters in the Kings Head but had then drank coke for the rest of the night.

He said he then suffered an unexplained memory loss as he didn’t remember leaving the Kings but friends told him they had gone on to the Queen’s and the Vault.

The next thing he remembered, he said, was waking up in the car on the driveway at his home with a smashed light on his car.

He said he had probably been drunk or under the influence of something, by which he meant his drink had been spiked.

The 25-year-old, of Meadow Lane, admitted driving without due care and attention and failing to report an accident.

John Bunting, defending, said: “He has a clean driving licence which he has had for about eight years.

“It was 3.30am and the road had not been swept or ploughed for some considerable time.

“He was intending to leave his car in Buxton, he had two pints then he realised he would have to take it home and stopped drinking alcohol.

“He stopped at the scene and was there quite some time.”

Chairman of the bench Hilary Batterbee said: “You’ve pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention and failing to report an accident.

“We’ve been a long time discussing this because we were debating whether you should be disqualified or not, however we have decided against that.”

He was fined £230, ordered to pay £85 costs and a £23 surcharge and his licence was endorsed with eight points.