A MAN who crashed his car into a stone wall late at night panicked and left the scene.

Blackburn magistrates heard Tyler Heseldon rang the police first thing the following morning to report the accident.

Heseldon, 20, of Fore Street, Lower Darwen, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention and failing to stop after an accident.

He was fined £120 with £85 costs and £32 victim surcharge and banned from driving for six months.

Catherine Allan, prosecuting, said police were called to the scene of a single-vehicle collision in Haslingden Road at 10.50pm.

They saw a Corsa which had crashed into a stone wall and were told by witnesses that four or five males had run away from the vehicle.

“It was obvious the car had taken the roundabout too fast, collided with the wall and then bounced back into the road,” said Miss Allan.

“When the defendant rang the police, the following morning he had panicked and run away.”

Colleen Dickinson-Jones, defending, said her client was not a drinker and on the night of the incident had consumed one pint of lager while watching football with his friends.

“His friends had drunk a lot more and were in high spirits and may have encouraged him to drive faster that he normally would,” said Mrs Dickinson-Jones.

“He wasn’t a young man using the roads as a playground, he realises that cars can be dangerous.”