Unlicensed Sunderland driver smashed into woman’s car – then made off with her bumper

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A MAN without a driving licence smashed into a parked car while fiddling with his sat nav – then got out of his truck to pick up the other vehicle’s broken bumper before driving off.

Michael Usher, 47, was caught on CCTV outside the One Stop shop in Blind Lane, Silksworth, picking up parts of the Vauxhall Zafira he had just smashed into.

He then got back into the Ford Transit tipper truck belonging to his then-employer and drove home.

Usher pleaded guilty to failing to stop after an accident, failing to report an accident and having no licence or insurance at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.

Prosecutor Lee Poppett said Elizabeth Parkin had parked her Zafira outside the shop on the morning of March 26 and gone inside. He said: “She was in the store for a matter of minutes.

“When she left, she noticed the vehicle had sustained a rather significant amount of damage.

“CCTV shows a Ford Transit van collide with her car.

“The driver then exits the truck to pick up debris from the road – parts of the Zafira – and got back in the van and drove off.”

Usher was arrested when police went to his home in St Paul’s Terrace, Ryhope.

He told them he had driven to the shop to buy cigarettes and was typing a number into his sat nav. The court heard that the Zafira was written off.

Magistrates were also told that Usher, who has previous driving offences on his record and six points on his provisional licence, has since lost his construction job.

Susan Grey, defending, said Usher had driven the vehicle because his usual lift for work had not shown up that morning.

She said: “On seeing the CCTV, he realises that the woman was very upset by the damage to her car.

“He has driven for many years without taking that final test that is recognised by the state. He has taken a risk and, on this occasion. that has been to the detriment of somebody else.

“As a result, he has lost his employment and is in receipt of benefits.”

Usher was fined £220 and given eight points on his licence. He was banned from driving for nine months and was told to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.