A MAN lied to police by claiming he was the driver of a car involved in a crash.
The Suzuki Swift hit a parked Nissan Primera in Ramillies Road, Red House, Sunderland.
Police were called to the scene of the accident on March 23, and Robert Wilson claimed he was the driver.
But it later emerged his partner had been behind the wheel, but fled the scene before police arrived.
Wilson, of Falkland Road, Ford Estate, pleaded guilty to obstructing a police officer and failing to answer bail, at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.
Steven Davies, prosecuting, said Wilson had been drinking and gave a positive breath test, although the reading was not given in court.
He was arrested, then taken to hospital, before being transferred to Washington police station.
His partner was arrested later that day and admitted she had been driving the car.
Mr Davies said: “He said he was the driver because he felt it was his fault, that he had caused the accident because he was arguing with her, so she felt he had caused the accident.”
Jason Smith, defending, Wilson “did what he thought was right”.
“He ultimately accepts that his decision, though laudable, was the wrong decision to make,” he added.
Wilson was fined £70 by magistrates and ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £20 victim surcharge.