Teacher who fled crash scene fined by the courts

SCENE: South Drive, Preston
SCENE: South Drive, Preston
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A teacher drove away from an accident scene after crashing into a wall and colliding with a car, a court heard.

Colette Cafferkey, 46, of Brooklands Avenue, Fulwood, admitted failing to stop after an accident on May 24 on South Drive, Preston.

The mum-of-two, who works at St Anthony’s in Fulwood, shook in the dock at Preston Magistrates’ Court.

She admitted failing to report the accident and driving without due care.

The court heard left her home, after having a glass of wine, to get some milk.

On her way back at 10pm she misjudged a turn, damaging a blue Peugeot and causing £300 damage to a wall - but panicked and fled because she had had a drink.

Homeowner Leonard Hughes contacted police and officers found damage to neighbour Joseph Blackwell’s car.

Prosecuting, Suzy Privett said: “Officers found the offending vehicle at Brooklands Avenue. There was damage to the front offside.

“The defendant admitted everything. She said she panicked as she had had a drink. She was breathalaysed as officers could smell alcohol but blew at 33mg which is below the legal limit.”

Cafferkey’s solicitor said she had “misjudged” a turn on the 20mph road which was narrow due to parked cars, and intended to go back the next morning.

She added Cafferkey had been under pressure.

District Judge Jane Goodwin said: “This was a serious matter. There was evidence of alcohol which is an aggravating feature even though you blew legal when tested.

She accepted she had shown remorse and ordered her to pay a £500 fine, £50 surcharge, £150 court charge and £85 costs.