A DRIVER ran off after flipping his car over, damaging a lamp post and traffic island.
James McCully’s Clio was found on its roof in Pallion New Road, Sunderland.
After police traced the 24-year-old, he told them he couldn’t remember the smash, which happened at about 5am on Janaury 11.
McCully pleaded guilty to making off from the scene of an accident at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.
Ian Simpson, prosecuting, said: “Police received a report of motor vehicle on its roof at the roundabout of Pallion New Road. They found the Renault on its roof, which had collided with a small traffic island, causing damage to the island and a lamp post.
“There was no sign of the driver.
“The defendant contacted police the following day, after he had been made aware that police were looking for him.
“He said he had not remained at the scene because he was scared.”
Dan Pygall, defending, said McCully, of Gardiner Road, Grindon, Sunderland, was not drunk when the car crashed.
He said: “It was not just a simple case of he thought he was going to get away with it. The car is registered in his name and left it at the scene.
“He accepts he should have stayed with the car.
“It was a wet night and he simply lost control of the car. It seems to me that he is quite lucky to be alive.”
McCully’s licence was endorsed with five penalty points.
Chairwoman of the bench Jan Leach ordered him to pay £294 in fines, court costs and a victim surcharge.