A hit and run driver from Brighton has been banned from driving for a year, given an overnight curfew for eight weeks and ordered to wear an electronic tag.
John White, 38, drove into a cyclist on a roundabout in Hollingbury shortly after leaving Asda, Brighton magistrates were told this morning (Tuesday 6 August).
Police were passing by almost immediately afterwards, took statements and found the front number plate from White’s white Renault Clio.
Officers went to his home in Ryelands Drive, in Moulsecoomb, where White said that he had been at home all day and no one else had access to his car.
His front number plate was missing and his car’s paintwork was scuffed, matching descriptions of the crash.
Police also found security camera footage that showed White’s car leave Asda moments before the crash.
The pictures showed that his front number plate was intact.
White denied three charges when he appeared before the bench at Brighton Magistrates’ Court last month.
But he was convicted of driving without due care and attention, failing to stop after an accident and failing to report it.
Martina Sherlock, prosecuting, told the court today that the cyclist, Alexander Polyanskikh, was riding from Coldean Lane across the roundabout towards Carden Avenue when White pulled out of Crowhurst Road and drove into him.
Mr Polyanskikh, a computer software expert, was left with cuts, bruises and soft tissue damage and had to take time off work.
White’s solicitor Kelly Thomas told the court: “There was no evidence of aggressive driving.”
She said that White suffered from agoraphobia and emotionally unstable personality disorder and lived off benefits because he was unable to work.
He had been fine until eight years ago when he was stabbed. Mrs Thomas said: “Since that time Mr White has suffered from these issues.
“He finds it extremely difficult to get out and about. He is usually accompanied by his sister.
“He has not driven since this incident. He has sold his car.
“He has significant disabilities. A ban will affect his everyday life. Mr White has very limited means.”
The court was told that he had three previous drink driving convictions and one conviction for failing to stop for the police although the last offence was 10 years ago.
Presiding magistrate Jo King said: “The strength of the evidence against you was overwhelming.”
White was given an eight-week community order and would have to obey a curfew from 9pm to 7am and wear an electronic tag.
As well as the year-long driving ban, White was ordered to pay £930 prosecution costs and an £85 victim surcharge, making £1,015 in total.
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