Clitheroe driver ‘got lost in forest’ after overturning car

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A 25-year-old man who rolled his car on a rural road claimed he got lost in a forest after panicking and leaving the scene.

Blackburn magistrates heard it was 11 hours after the incident when Jake Micha Binks telephoned police to report the incident, when he pointed out he had not been drinking.

He ended up turning his car on its roof and then got lost in the forest and fields in that area

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Binks (25), of Edisford Road, Clitheroe, admitted driving without due care and attention and failing to stop after a road traffic accident. He was ordered to do 120 hours unpaid work, fined £200 and ordered to pay £150 criminal court charge, £60 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

Rachael Parker, prosecuting, said Binks had hit a dry stone wall and his car ended up on its roof.

“Local residents came to assist him and he asked them not to call the police,” said Miss Parker. “He said he was going to a nearby farm to get his car recovered and then he left the scene.”

Miss Parker said police found blood inside Binks’ car and a dog handler and the police helicopter were called in but he could not be traced. He later told police he eventually found himself in Grindleton. Miss Parker said Binks had a conviction for driving with excess alcohol in June 2011.

Deborah Morgan, defending, said Binks was devastated to be appearing in court.

“He had been at home with his mum and his girlfriend and then decided to go for a drive,” said Miss Morgan. “He ended up turning his car on its roof and then got lost in the forest and fields in that area. He called police as soon as he got home. He appreciates that if he had stayed at the scene and dealt with this he would not be in this position.”