Drink-driver left trail of sparks as he fled crash scene in Sunderland

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A BANNED driver crashed into a parked car and drove away on three wheels.

Ryan Stoker left a trail of sparks as he drove from the scene of the smash in Castletown, Sunderland, city magistrates heard.

“The owner of the parked car in Bowness Street heard a smash,” said Glenda Beck, prosecuting.

“At that point he didn’t realise it was his car that had been hit.

“He went outside, saw the damage, and got into his works van to follow the defendant.

“Police had been called and Stoker was stopped about a mile away.

“When interviewed by police, he said it was his girlfriend’s car.

“He said he planned to return later to sort things out with the owner of the damaged car.”

The court heard Stoker was breathalysed and found to be just under twice the legal limit for driving.

Stoker, 25, of Brockley Street, Town End Farm, admitted driving while disqualified, driving with excess alcohol, driving without insurance, and leaving the scene of an accident, all on October 2.

Stoker admitted making off without paying for fuel and driving while disqualified, both in Seaham, on July 29.

Angus Westgarth, defending, said: “Mr Stoker does have a poor driving record, four previous convictions for driving with excess alcohol, and five previous convictions for driving while disqualified.

“On the positive side, he had been out of trouble for three years prior to these offences.

“There is also the possibility of employment and reconciliation with his partner and child.”

District Judge Roger Elsey deferred passing sentence for three months.

The judge told Stoker: “It is in the better long-term interests of the public if you are settled and in work.

“If, when you come back before me in March, you have written evidence of being in work or training, I will not send you to prison.

“If you do not, it will be six months.

“In the meantime you are still disqualified from driving, so make sure you stay away from any vehicle.”

Stoker was bailed to return to court on March 13.