Midsomer Norton builder walked away from scene of Chilcompton crash
A man who crashed his van into a wall and then struck another vehicle parked on the side of the road panicked and left the scene, a court has heard.
Residents living in Chilcompton were shocked to hear the loud crash and could see Alan Reginald Stroud trying to drive his van away.
However he then got out of the vehicle and walked away and when police traced his home address they found the defendant with red marks across his chest.
Stroud, 53, of Hillside Avenue, Midsomer Norton, pleaded guilty to failing to stop after an accident on Bowden Hill, Chilcompton, on October 3.
He also admitted failing to report the incident to the police when he appeared before Somerset Magistrates sitting at Yeovil.
Emma Chetland, prosecuting, said that Stroud was driving a Renault Kangoo van on Bowden Hill when he lost control, hitting two garden walls and a stationary vehicle causing damage to all three.
She said: "His vehicle became wedged on the debris and he tried to drive it away when local residents started coming out of their houses.
"They spoke to Stroud but he was then seen to get out of his van and walked off up a nearby track."
Defending solicitor Neil Priest said that Stroud, a self-employed builder, had left the scene in a state of "panic and confusion", but now realised he should have rung the door of the property involved.
Stroud was fined £300 and had his licence endorsed with eight penalty points for failing to stop after the accident.
No separate penalty was imposed for the second offence but he was ordered to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.