South Normanton motorist who fled crash scene faces anxious wait over driving ban

A CARELESS South Normanton motorist who fled following an accident hopes to be spared a driving ban that could cost him his job.

Kevin Fottles, a delivery driver with Mainstream International Foods, was involved in a collision with a Ford Fiesta in Wild Hill, Teversal, on 31st May.

Chesterfield magistrates were told that he left the scene in his Citroen C5 and he committed further motoring offences on 6th June.

Fottles (48), of Coronation Drive, admitted charges of careless driving, failing to stop and report an accident, driving without insurance and an MOT certificate and using a vehicle with defective tread on one tyre.

“He is looking at a disqualification under the totting-up rules,” said Becky Mahon, prosecuting.

Solicitor Julie Page said a ban would cause Fottles exceptional hardship and asked the court to adjourn sentence while he gathered documents to support his case.

“He would be unable to do his work without his driving licence and he believes he would not be redeployed.

“He has debts and has got himself into mortgage arrears,” said Ms Page.

She told the court the Citroen had been seized by police and he had acquired another vehicle that was fully insured.

Presiding magistrate Grant Stothart said Fottles had already had almost a month to prepare documents but he agreed to adjourn the case until 26th October.