Saltfleetby driver caused three car pile up on B1200

Magistrates' Court
Magistrates' Court

A man who drove his partner’s car without her permission and with no insurance or full licence, caused a major three car pile up when he drove onto a main road without looking.

James Warner, 31, of Ings Lane, Saltfleetby, admitted taking the car without consent and driving it carelessly and with no insurance or a full driving licence.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, told Skegness Magistrates’ Court that at 5pm on January 23 Warner drove the Audi motor car out of a junction without properly checking and caused an accident with two other cars – one of which had been overtaking the other.

There were minor injuries to both drivers and damage to all three cars, and Warner, who left the scene after speaking to one of the drivers, told police he was concussed.

Mr Clare said Warner did not have permission to drive the car and had no licence or insurance to drive it.

Mitigating, Neil Sands said Warner’s partner had gone out for the day leaving him to do some work on the car.

When he had done so, he drove it 40 metres down the lane where they lived onto the main B1200 at Saltfleetby with the intention to turn round and return the car, but he did not see one of the cars overtaking the other.

Mr Sands said Warner knew one of the drivers and spoke to her, so there was no attempt to avoid detection.

He said Warner returned to the house to telephone the emergency services because he had no mobile phone with him at the time.

Warner was fined £153 and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £85 in costs. He was also banned from driving for six months.