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Sunday, 31 August 2014

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Carlisle car crash driver fled scene leaving passenger unconscious

A driver who crashed into a wall left one passenger unconscious as he fled the scene.

Robert Andrew Dalton, 45,  hit the wall on Currock Road after taking a corner too quickly, Carlisle magistrates’ court heard.

Dalton, of Cant Crescent, Upperby, Carlisle, walked away from the car with the front seat passenger, leaving two other in the back.

One was unconscious but still breathing, he said.

He told the court he heard ambulance sirens and just “panicked”.

Dalton had been due to go on trial yesterday accused of driving without due care and attention but changed his plea to guilty.

The court heard how he was driving a Renault Megane on August 20 last year when the accident happened. Dalton phoned the police the next day to admit he was the driver. He had pleaded guilty earlier to a charge of failing to report an accident. He said the road was wet and he just lost control of the car.

Dalton was fined £100 plus prosecution costs of £150 and a victim’s surcharge of £15.

He was given five penalty points on his licence – taking the total to 11. Magistrates warned him one more point could lead to a driving ban.

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