Driver fined after knocking car into house

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A DRIVER who lost control of his car after clipping a kerb hit a lamppost before careering into another car – which was shunted into a house.

Witnesses to the crash who were sitting outside the Half Moon pub in Easington Village, feared they would be run over, Durham Crown Court heard.

The court heard the parked car was written off at a cost of £7,530, and structural repairs to the front of the house will take two weeks.

Gareth Tomlinson, 22, of Alisha Vale, Easington, admitted careless driving, and leaving the scene of an accident, both on May 26.

The driving offences put him in breach of an earlier suspended sentence for possessing cannabis.

Martin Scarborough, defending, said in mitigation: “Mr Tomlinson is genuinely remorseful. The drugs offence was some time ago.

“He has a job with Caterpillar in Peterlee, which he would almost inevitably lose if he went to custody today.”

Judge Robert Adams ordered Tomlinson to pay £710 in fines and costs, but did not activate the suspended sentence.

Tomlinson also had eight penalty points put on his licence.