Man fled scene after car ploughed into Louth store

A LOUTH man, who drove his car into the window of a town centre shop and ran off, has escaped an immediate driving ban after admitting careless driving and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

Kieran Richard Thomas, 28, of Eastgate, was said to have been seen on cctv cameras to stop his BMW car at 8.30pm on February 7, stopping his car outside a town centre off licence and then returning to his car and driving off up Queen Street and into Eastgate where he hit the kerb and then the window of Eve and Ranshaw’s shop, causing £7,500 worth of damage.

Witnesses said the engine of the car was revving loudly and the car was being driven very fast prior to the accident.

After hitting the window, witnesses said the driver got out of the car, pulled up the hood on his grey top and ran off.

When one asked him if he was going to stay at the scene, he said he was ‘going to get the police’.

Police attended and then went to his home but he was not there.

Thomas later went to the police station and told them he had not been driving and had not driven the car for a month.

He was seen again in March after the cctv images had been acquired and he denied being the man in the photographs and continued to deny he was driving the car at the time of the accident.

After first appearing in court, he admitted failing to stop at the scene but denied careless driving.

In mitigation, Dave Clapham said on the night of February 7 the roads were icy.

“We don’t know if he was speeding or not,” he said “but on that night he was driving inappropriately for the conditions and so he pleads guilty to careless driving.”

He said Thomas had never had a driving conviction and failed to stop at the scene because of his previous dealings with the police.

The magistrates ordered Thomas carry out 150 hours of unpaid work for the community and put nine penalty points on his licence.

He was also ordered to pay £100 in court costs.