A DRIVER hit another car after failing to stop at a crossroads, a court has heard.

Leslie Anthony Williams, 76, of Cleveland Avenue, Darlington, had charges of driving without due care and attention and driving without insurance proved against him in his absence after he failed to attend Darlington Magistrates Court.

The court heard that Williams was driving along Bates Avenue, in Darlington, when he failed to stop at the junction with Stooperdale Avenue and hit the rear passenger side of another car, sending it into a spin.

Mr Williams’ Chevrolet Matiz came to a stop after hitting a garden fence.

Jonathan Bambro, prosecuting, told the court that four witnesses, including a pedestrian and another motorist, gave statements to police saying that Williams made no attempt to stop at the junction.

Mr Bambro said: “The defendant was adamant that he had stopped at the junction but witnesses said he had not stopped.

“In a statement to police the defendant said he had pulled up and stopped at the junction and that there were no other cars in view. He said the next thing he knew there was a BMW ‘flying up like a bat out of hell’ and he hit him.”

Magistrates found the case against Williams proved on the evidence provided. They adjourned sentencing until Thursday, February 21 to allow him to attend and give mitigation.