A MOTORIST drove off after causing a collision which put three people in hospital.

Blackburn magistrates heard that since the incident in January David Eastwood had committed an offence of drink driving.

Eastwood, 50, of Burnley Road, Padiham, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention and failing to stop after an accident. He was made subject to a community order for 18 months with 30 days Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and six months Alcohol Treatment Requirement.

James Hudson, prosecuting, said the collision occurred at 2.25 pm at the junction with Gisburn Road and the A59 near Barnoldswick.

Eastwood pulled out and hit one car, causing it to spin and hit another car. A witness said she thought Eastwood was travelling too quickly as he approached the junction.

"People in the other cars lost consciousness and some of them had to be cut from their vehicles," said Mr Hudson.

He said Eastwood left the scene but was found at his partner's address.

"He initially denied being involved," said Mr Hudson. "This went on for about 30 minutes before he suddenly admitted being the driver. He had hidden the vehicle behind some bins to conceal front end damage."

Sardar Ashgar, defending, said his client was driving to the Yorkshire Dales to go for a walk at the time of the incident.

"He saw what he thought was someone flashing him to turn onto the A59," said Mr Ashgar. "With hindsight that wasn't appropriate."

He said Eastwood initially got out of his car but other people started filming him on their mobile phones.

"He was concerned about going viral because of a serious conviction in 2016," said Mr Ashgar. "He didn't want to come to the attention of the public again. He just panicked and wanted to get away from the scene."