Man who overturned car on bypass is fined

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A man who overturned his car on the Chapel bypass after getting distracted by a tub on the passenger seat has been fined £37.

Adam James Walton was driving to work in Bredbury along the A6 Chapel bypass in his Peugeot 206 when the accident happened on March 25.

The road conditions at the time of the accident were poor with snow that was beginning to clear and it was also misty at the time, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

On the front seat of the vehicle was a bag and a tub which he thought was going to fall into the way of the vehicle’s controls, prosecutor Jennifer Fitzgerald said.

He turned his attention away from the road for a second and when he looked back up, his car was heading towards the central barrier. He tried to rectify it but the vehicle skidded and eventually overturned.

He had attended the police station voluntarily and told them about the accident, Mrs Fitzgerald said.

Walton, 22, of Greggs Avenue, Chapel-en-le-Frith, admitted driving without due care and attention.

Representing himself in court, he said the accident had caused him a lot of stress.

“I still think about it and it terrifies me to death,” he added.

He said he had been unable to complete a driver alertness course which had been offered to him as an alternative to prosecution initially because he couldn’t fit it in with work commitments and then because of a lack of money after leaving his job.

Walton was also ordered to pay £35 costs and a £20 surcharge and given four penalty points.