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Crash driver chased by crutch-wielding passenger

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: September 26, 2012

By James Brindle

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A MOTORIST who crashed his sports car into an oncoming lorry in Denstone was then chased around nearby roads by his own passenger wielding a metal crutch, a court has heard.

MG driver Scott Walton was discovered by police more than four hours later in a field looking ‘worn out and bloodied’ after the incident on the B5032 on September 7.

The 24-year-old admitted three charges of driving without due car and attention, driving without insurance and failing to report a road accident when he appeared at Burton Magistrates Court last week.

John Peel, prosecuting, said the crash happened at around 5pm on September 7 and was witnessed by an off-duty police sergeant.

He said: “The sergeant saw a black MG ZT travelling at high speeds through Denstone.

“He then saw the MG collide with a slow moving HGV which had pulled out on to the road and heavy front-end damage was caused to the MG.

“The front seat passenger of the MG then got out of the car and got a metal crutch out of the boot and hit the defendant with it and he then chased him around nearby roads in circles before the driver got away.” The court heard that the off-duty sergeant had said the MG driver was ‘solely to blame’ for the incident.

A police officer patrolling at around 9.20pm later that night spotted Walton, of Sheaf Lane, Birmingham, at a gateway to a field in Denstone and he was duly arrested.

Doug Walton, defending, said Walton had been caught out by the ‘roller coaster’ nature of the B5032 road which leads to Alton Towers.

He said: “My client described the road as a roller coaster and that is about right. He has travelled too fast and is quite inexperienced behind the wheel.

“He already has seven points on his licence and I have told him he is likely to lose his licence today and that will likely mean he will lose his job.” For the charge of driving with no insurance Magistrates imposed eight penalty points on Walton and fined him £280.

He was also fined £280 for driving without due care and attention.

He was given no separate penalty for failing to report and accident but was also ordered to pay £85 in court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

He was banned from driving for six months under the totting up procedure.



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