POLICE investigating a collision were told the name of the absent driver by his dad.

Blackburn magistrates heard Mohammed Rizwan Rahman fled from the scene but his father turned up minutes later and told police his son had been driving.

He also agreed to pay for the damage caused to the parked car which Rahman had hit during the incident on April 26.

Rahman, 19, of Wensley Road, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to unauthorised taking of a vehicle aggravated by damage caused, failing to report an accident and driving without insurance.

He was remanded on bail for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

Catherine Allan, prosecuting, said police were called to the scene of a crash in Billinge End Road where a Toyota Verso had collided with a Ford Fiesta.

"While the police were at the scene the defendant's father turned up and said his son had been the driver and he had run off in a panic," said Miss Allan.

"When police spoke to him the defendant admitted he had taken his father's car without his permission."

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Duncan Nightingale, defending, said both cars had stopped after the collision and there were discussions taking place between the drivers.

"When the other man said he was calling the police my client realised he didn't have insurance, panicked and ran off," said Mr Nightingale.

"His family have compensated the other party for the damage caused."