Little Dunham driver threw keys away as police probed collision, court told

The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane. ENGANL00120120910143711
The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane. ENGANL00120120910143711

A driver was given a community order after he admitted failing to provide a breath specimen following a crash.

Neil Read, 34, of Necton Road, Little Dunham, was told to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to the charge during a hearing yesterday.

Magistrates in Lynn heard that police had come across a badly damaged Vauxhall Vectra in Scarning while on duty during the early hours of July 14.

Read initially denied being the driver of the car, claiming he had “just arrived” at the scene of the crash. When asked where his own vehicle was, he threw his keys away.

He then repeatedly refused to provide a breath specimen in what prosecutor Fergus Harold described as a “deliberate” action.

However, he subsequently admitted he had been drinking and had crashed the car.

George Sorrell, mitigating, said the crash had happened after Read swerved to avoid an animal in the road.

He said his client rarely drank to excess, adding: “He made a very bad mistake on that particular day.”

Read was banned from driving for 18 months and told to pay an £85 victim surcharge.