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Fine and points for lights crash

Worcester Editorial 15th Oct, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A PAINTER and decorator who drove into a wall and uprooted a set of traffic lights fled from the scene, a court has heard.

Leon Farr, of Lowesmoor, was driving a silver Audi TT along the A44 Bromyard Road at 2.18am on March 15 when a witness reportedly saw him travelling down the road at speed.

Last Friday (October 10) Worcester Magistrates Court heard the 34-year-old had swerved to avoid a fox and collided with a wall and pressed the accelerator instead of the break which caused him to crash into the lights.

Farr left the scene with a friend and when officers rang him at 4.05am he said he didn’t have anything to report, before he was charged with the offence about 5pm the following day.

Defending solicitor Brian O’Connell said: “He past the cricket ground, came up to the traffic lights, he dropped a friend off on the Bromyard Road and he has set off again.

“He’s overtaken a slow moving car, gone round the corner and a fox has run out. He lost control and pressed the accelerator rather than the break – it can happen – and he lost control.”

The father-of-two was given nine penalty points on his licence and fined £332 for driving without due care and attention and failing to report an accident.

Deputy District Judge Fowler said: “I find it surprising that you believe you didn’t realise having hit a wall and traffic lights you could just leave the vehicle there and not actually have to do anything for some period of time.

“You should have known that was an accident that had to be reported at the first available opportunity.”

Farr was also ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a £33 victim surcharge.

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