AN unlicensed driver crashed into a tree as he lost control of his Subaru on a busy road, then abandoned his vehicle.
Jonathon Maddison, 27, had failed his driving theory test several times, and had been unable to sit a practical test, Sunderland magistrates heard.
Prosecutor Lee Poppett said that on December 6, police officers on patrol on the A183 Chester Road spotted the abandoned 02-reg Subaru Forrester.
“It was by the side of the road after colliding with a tree. There was nobody in that vehicle.
“Within half an hour, Mr Maddison telephoned the police, explaining that he had been the driver of the vehicle.”
Maddison, of Kirk View, Newbottle, admitted driving without a licence or insurance.
Chris Wilson, defending, said: “He struggles with reading and writing and as a consequence he has failed to pass his theory test. He’s had numerous attempts to pass, but he has failed.”
He was fined £110 with £100 costs, and a six-week driving ban.