Soldier drove on three wheels

Weeton Barracks entrance
Weeton Barracks entrance
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Police had no trouble finding the villain in a hit and run accident.

All they had to do was follow a groove in the road where the driver had carried on after his car lost a wheel in the crash.

It led them to Weeton Barracks where drunken soldier John Dowson had parked.

Dowson, 24, who is based at Weeton Barracks, near Kirkham, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol, driving without due care and attention and failing to stop after an accident. He was banned from the road for 16 months and fined £540 with £85 costs plus £54 victims’ service by Blackpool magistrates.

Magistrate, Eileen Oldroyd, told Dowson: “What happened that night is going to play on your mind for some time.” Prosecutor, Ian Dacre, said on November 23 at 1.30am Dowson was driving a Ford Focus on Weeton Road, Singleton, when he lost control and collided with a Citroen. His car was damaged and lost a wheel, but he didn’t stop.

Patrick Nelligan, defending, said Dowson had gone out to buy some cola.

It was icy and after losing control and clipping a car, Dowson’s vehicle span round and lost a wheel.