Motorist left the scene

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A POLICE helicopter searched in vain for the missing driver of a car which had crashed on to its side and blocked part of a road.

A court heard driver, Matthew Peters, had left the accident scene and gone to spend the night with a friend.

The next morning, after talking to his family, Peters gave himself up at Kirkham police station.

Peters, a 25-year-old construction worker, of Mace House, Chesham Street, Great Eccleston, admitted driving carelessly and failing to stop after an accident.

He was fined £200 with £85 costs, ordered to pay the £15 victims’ surcharge and banned from the road for six months under the penalty points totting-up procedure by Blackpool magistrates.

Ashley Barnes, prosecuting, said police went to the scene of an accident on Garstang Road, Singleton, where a Nissan Serena had hit a hedge and was on its side, partially blocking the road on September 17 at 2.52am.

The prosecutor said: “There was no-one in the vehicle and the registered keeper could not be contacted. The force helicopter was deployed in case the driver had wandered from the scene injured.’’

Peters went to the police the next day and admitted he had been driving too fast for the wet road conditions, clipped the kerb and hit the hedge. He said he panicked and went to stay the night with a friend.

Peters had a previous conviction from last year for driving carelessly and failing to stop after an accident.

Peter Manning, defending, said his client, who accepted he had been foolish, had gone to the farmer after the accident and done his best to restore the flattened hedge.

Peters was due to join the Army and get married in July.