Fine for driver who ‘panicked’ after country road crash

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A driver “panicked” when he landed in a field of livestock after failing to negotiate a bend on a country road.

Darren Todd managed to get the car back on the road, and left the scene.

The 31-year-old of Forgeham, Canonbie, was fined £120 and had his licence endorsed with six penalty points when he admitted failing to report an accident on the unclassified road leading from the B6357 towards Eddleton, Newcastleton, on May 15.

Prosecutor Mark Keane told how Todd, who was driving his girlfriend’s car, failed to negotiate a turn and drove into a field of livestock at about 7.30pm.

He caused £150 damage to 20 metres of post and wire fencing, and the same amount of damage to the car, which was dented and scratched.

Solicitor Rory Bannerman, defending, said his client had “panicked, and left the scene.”

Sheriff Donald Corke told Todd, “it is important for people to own up to an accident.”