Son made ‘misguided’ attempt to protect father after car crash in Northampton

Northampton Magistrates Court NNL-150303-120601001
Northampton Magistrates Court NNL-150303-120601001
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A son who made a “misguided” attempt to protect his father after he was involved in car crash has been fined after he was charged with obstructing a police officer.

Mitesh Gorania, aged 28, of Sheerwater Drive, Ecton Brook, Northampton, was called out to the scene of a car crash between two vehicles on Wellingborough Road by his father on April 17 this year.

Northampton Magistrates’ Court heard the father was so “distraught” he walked the short distance to his home before the police arrived at the scene.

When an officer asked who was the driver of the VW Caddy vehicle involved in the crash, Gorania replied that he had been the driver.

However, witnesses at the scene challenged this account and Gorania then admitted that he had lied to the officer.

Representing himself, Gorania pleaded guilty to obstructing the police officer in his duty and apologised for lying.

Deputy District Judge Ruth Fudge said Gorania had made a “misguided” attempt to protect his father which could have had “serious consequences” if he had continued his lie.

Gorania was fined £65 and must pay £115 costs.