Clergyman fined after car accident
A VICAR who failed to stop after reversing his car into a parked van has appeared in court.
The Reverend Colin Hurst (54), of Thorney Road, Eye, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention and failing to stop after an accident when he appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
Jackie Carradice, prosecuting, told the court at about 1pm on December 14 the defendant, driving a Vauxhall Zafira, damaged the sliding door of a parked Ford Transit van after reversing into it from a parking bay.
Sara Young, in mitigation, said the crash took place in a car park off St Peter’s Road, near Peterborough Cathedral, which she described as “very compact” and “very difficult”.
She said her client was unaware he had caused damage to the van.
She said: “It was a very slow speed collision.”
She added: “When he got back to his home address there was no damage to his own vehicle.”
Deputy district judge Paul Goldspring described the incident as a “momentary lapse of concentration”.
For failing to stop, Hurst was fined £250, ordered to pay £70 prosecution costs, the £15 victim surcharge and received five penalty points - to join the three points he already had for a speeding offence from June.
For driving without due care and attention, his licence was endorsed to record the offence, but there was no separate punishment.