Cler­gy­man fined af­ter car ac­ci­dent

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk & world Update -

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.

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