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Boyfriend drove into back of car
4:00pm Tuesday 5th November 2013 in News
A CARELESS driver crashed into the back of a slow car travelling at nearly half the national speed limit as he tried to get his poorly girlfriend home.
Samuel Petts, aged 20, admitted careless driving when he appeared before magistrates in Worcester.
The court was told how Petts crashed into the back of an Audi in Leigh Sinton Road, Malvern, while behind the wheel of his Volkswagen Lupo on April 7.
Adrian Jones, prosecuting, said the Audi driver noticed Petts driving very close behind him for about a mile and a half.
The incident happened at around 12.45pm on what was described as a clear, dry day.
Mr Jones said: “He leaves it too late to brake and bumps into the back of the Audi whose driver gets out to speak to the driver of the Volkswagen Lupo who drives off – although he does report the incident within half an hour. I have withdrawn the failing to stop charge.”
He said the driver of the Audi was driving at about 35mph in a 60mph road.
“He misjudged the braking distance and went into the back of the car. There is no suggestion anyone was injured. Mr Williams (the driver of the Audi) was a bit shaken up by the collision.”
Petts, of Fern Drive, Malvern, had no previous convictions, had never been before a court until this occasion and had a full, clean driving licence.
David Ollivere, defending, described Petts as a courteous and articulate young man whose father had arrived to support him at court. He said: “His girlfriend – a passenger – was somewhat poorly and he was keen to get her home. It’s a 60 mile per hour stretch of road and the other driver was doing about 35mph. He is keen to overtake when there’s sufficient opportunity to do so. He’s not driving at break-neck speed. He has misjudged the braking distance.”
Mr Ollivere said Petts worked part-time at Asda in Worcester on a zero hours contract but wanted to apply for a nursing course next year with a view to working in mental health.
Magistrates decided to place four points on his licence, fined him £45, ordered him to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs. The fines were paid in full by the defendant’s father.
The chairman of the bench, Julia Blossom, said: “I’m sure you will pay your father back. It is your fine to be paid.”
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