Careless learner driver crashed into wall in Stowmarket, court told

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court - Credit: Archant

A careless learner driver has been fined after crashing into a wall and driving off without reporting the crash.

Ipswich magistrates heard Radoslaw Gebka was involved in a collision in Melford Road, Stowmarket.

The 27-year-old pleaded guilty to careless driving, failing to stop after an accident, and failing to report an accident.

All the offences occurred at around 2.15am on June 27.

Prosecutor Colette Harper said a resident heard a loud bang and looked out of his window to see people in a car driving away from the wall the vehicle had just hit.


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The man went outside and confronted them.

The court heard they appeared to be drunk and confused and kept pointing at the damaged wall and their car.

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The resident then took a note of the Skoda Fabia’s number plate.

When police found Gebka and spoke to him he admitted being involved in a collision, but did not believe he had damaged the wall as he only had a scratch on his car.

Mrs Harper said he told the officer he had L plates on and a friend was with him supervising his driving at the time of the accident.

Magistrates were told Gebka, of Melford Bridge Road, Thetford, had a conviction for drink-driving in April 2009 for which he received a 12-month driving disqualification.

Gebka, representing himself, told the court he was not drunk when the accident occurred and any alcohol which had been smelled by the man who confronted him would have been from his friends.

Gebka had his licence endorsed with seven points and was fined a total of £320.

He must also pay £27 to the victims’ fund, £85 costs and a £150 criminal courts charge.

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