County Durham driver banned after smashing into parked car on Boxing Day and driving off

A motorist has been banned from getting behind the wheel after he crashed into a car over the Christmas holidays and made off.

Scott Michael Hilton was driving without a license or insurance when he smashed into the parked vehicle on December 26, last year. The 35-year-old then drove away from the scene into a nearby housing estate and did not report the accident, but was eventually caught a month later.

Hilton, of Lambton Street, Shildon, appeared at Durham Crown Court to be sentenced for failing to report an accident and driving without insurance or a license. He had pleaded guilty to the charges.

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Jon Harley prosecuting said Hilton was driving a black Honda along McMullen Road in Darlington on Boxing Day last year when the incident happened. He said: “The defendant crashed into a parked car and then made off from the scene, failing to report the accident. The police were called by a member of the public who believed the defendant had made off into a housing estate.” The court heard that Hilton got away, but was eventually arrested on January 31 this year, where he admitted that he was the driver.

The court heard Hilton had 14 previous convictions for 22 offenses, including a “bladed article matter” in February last year.

Hilton appeared for the sentence without representation and told the judge that he works in the cladding sector and also runs his own cladding business. He told the court that he currently does not have a driving license.

Judge James Adkin, the Recorder of Durham, banned Hilton from driving for six months and ordered him to complete five rehabilitation days.

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