A 92-year-old former mayor of Northampton was spared a motoring ban after admitting driving without due care and attention and failing to stop after a collision.
Ron Liddington, of Kingsthorpe, was recognised as an alderman of the borough in November for his long service to the council and is a former president of Northampton Boys Brigade Old Boys Rugby Football Club.
However he appeared at Northampton Magistrates Court yesterday, having already pleaded guilty to charges of driving without due care and attention and failing to stop after a collision.
The charges related to two separate incidents on November 14 last year, the first of which was witnessed by a van driver as he approached a junction on Kingsway in Kingsthorpe at around 9am.
Prosecuting Wan Kwok said: “The witness saw a vehicle approaching him in such a direction as to cross the central line of the carriageway and force the witness to mount the curb to avoid a collision.”
Mr Kwok said the witness turned to see Mr Liddington ‘clearing his windscreen’. The man also saw an item ‘protruding’ from Mr Liddington’s vehicle ‘at a right angle’.
The court heard how after police contacted Mr Liddington, the 92-year-old admitted he was driving without due care and attention and also admitted colliding with a vehicle on the same day - to which there were no witnesses.
He only noticed he had collided with another vehicle some time later, when he saw his wing mirror hanging at a ‘right angle’, the court heard.
Mr Liddington believed it had been the result of a minor ‘scrape’ which did not warrant stopping. However the court heard how the former mayor had caused damage to the side of a parked 4x4 vehicle.
Defending for Mr Liddington, John Weaver, said the former mayor had been driving for 75 years without a single blemish on his licence and needed his car to remain mobile.
He added: “He is a former mayor of the town and a distinguished councillor. He was chairman of a number of organisations round the town.
“He has been involved in a number of organisations including the boys brigade and he is instrumental in getting a lot of young people off the street and onto the rugby field.”
Magistrates imposed five points on Mr Liddington’s driving licence and ordered him to pay a total of £125 in fines.
Any damages to the parked vehicle will be dealt wit through his insurance firm, the court heard.