Crash driver in po­lice search is spared prison

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A MO­TORIST who prompted a po­lice search in­volv­ing dogs and a he­li­copter has avoided jail.

Thomas Ed­ward Moss, 21, crashed his car into an­other while leav­ing a pub car park on Box­ing Day, a court heard.

He then fled from po­lice be­fore mak­ing his es­cape on foot, pros­e­cu­tors claimed.

When po­lice fi­nally caught up with him he lied, deny­ing he was the driver, mag­is­trates heard.

Moss, of Mac­cles­field Road, Ea­ton, ad­mit­ted fail­ing to stop at the scene of an ac­ci­dent, fail­ing to stop for a po­lice con­sta­ble and wil­fully ob­struct­ing po­lice at Stock­port mag­is­trates’ court.

Mag­is­trates ex­pressed ‘se­ri­ous concerns about the na­ture’ of the of­fences and or­dered a pro­ba­tion re­port which in­cluded the op­tion of cus­tody.

Moss, who works on his fam­ily’s farm, was given 250 hours un­paid work.

Mark An­gus, pros­e­cut­ing, said the in­ci­dent started the Dog Inn at Peover on De­cem­ber 26 when the driver of a VW Polo saw Moss clip her car with his VW Polo.

He said: “The owner saw him drive away from the pub to­wards a lane and called the po­lice. A pa­trol picked up the ve­hi­cle on an un­sealed road to­wards Hill­moor Farm. The driver failed to stop and in­creased his speed reach­ing 40mph on an un­made, potholled track. The car then col­lided with a huge pile of bark. Two males ex­ited. The of­fi­cer fol­lowed one of the males but lost him. The he­li­copter and a dog pa­trol was used in the search but un­able to lo­cate the de­fen­dant.”

Mr An­gus said the de­fen­dant then sent false in­for­ma­tion to the po­lice claim­ing he left the car in­se­cure at the pub with the keys left in­side.

He said: “Wit­nesses claimed he had been drink­ing dur­ing the course of the evening and was eight out of 10 in drink. The pros­e­cu­tion ar­gue he acted to avoid the op­por­tu­nity to be breathal­ysed.”

Hay­ley Ben­nett, de­fend­ing, said there was no proof Moss had was drink driv­ing.

She said: “We don’t ac­cept that he was drunk. He had two pints with a meal and clipped the car. He was re­vers­ing and saw the clip but thought it was a lot of fuss about noth­ing.”

Ms Ben­nett pleaded with mag­is­trates not to ban Moss, who was con­victed of drink driv­ing in 2015, be­cause it would ‘ruin his life’ by pre­vent­ing him driv­ing trac­tors. But mag­is­trates banned him from driv­ing for 12 months.

Thomas Ed­ward Moss ad­mit­ted fail­ing to stop at the scene of an ac­ci­dent, fail­ing to stop for a po­lice con­sta­ble and wil­fully ob­struct­ing po­lice

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