‘Embarrassed’ driver hit car and drove off

High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.
High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.
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A motorist scraped down the side of a parked car on Buxton market place and then drove off without leaving his details, a court heard.

Samuel Smee was driving a Vauxhall Astra along High Street on March 28 when he attempted to pull into a parking space outside Bargain Booze, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

But as he did so, his Astra collided with the side of a Range Rover parked outside the shop, leaving a large scratch, prosecutor John Cooper said. The accident was witnessed by a number of people but Smee didn’t stop so his registration number was taken and passed to the owner of the Range Rover.

The 20-year-old, of Compton Road, Buxton, admitted driving without due care and attention, failing to stop and failing to report.

He also admitted being caught using the same vehicle without insurance on May 8, when he was stopped by police at the Tesco petrol station in Buxton. Checks revealed his insurance had been cancelled.

Robert Sandford, defending, said: “It was a misjudgment at low speed causing relatively minor damage. There was a group of girls he described as being a hen party to whom this appears to have caused some hilarity. He was embarrassed so drove off without stopping to exchange details.”

And in relation to the no insurance matter, he added: “He believed he was insured. It was only when he checked that he found one of the payments had not gone through.”

Smee was fined a total of £550 and ordered to pay £35 costs and a £30 surcharge. He was also given a total of 13 penalty points and will now have to retake his driving test.