Driver lied to police after crash at school

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court

A man lied to police after he crashed his car, a court was told.

Benjamin Beavers claimed he once owned the Peugeot involved but it had developed a gearbox problem and he had returned it.

He then said the new owner of the car gave him a lift after he left a party and crashed the vehicle while trying to show off.

Beavers, 20, of High Gate, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to driving carelessly without insurance or an MoT.

He was fined £400 with £85 costs plus £24 victims’ surcharge and had six motoring penalty points put on his licence by Blackpool magistrates.

Presiding magistrate, Roy Gough, told Beavers he was not going to disqualify him from driving because it would cause him extreme hardship and added: “You are extremely fortunate neither you or anyone else was injured.”

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said the incident happened on November 1, at 11.30pm.

A witness saw Beavers speeding on Kincraig Road before crashing into a mesh fence surrounding Kincraig Primary School.

When interviewed by police Beavers made up the story that another man had taken over ownership of his car and crashed it, but during a second interview he admitted the truth.

Beavers, who had no previous convictions, apologised and asked magistrates not to ban him from the road. He said he had been on benefits for two years but he had now got work with a motorcycle firm in the port.

If he could not drive he would lose his job and he did not want to end up on the dole again.