Drinker jailed for hit and run

A motorist has been jailed for 16 weeks for failing to stop after he hit a man while he was driving when over the alcohol limit.

Michael Wade, from Kingston Close, in Daventry, was traced by police after his car hit Mark Stamp, leaving him with a severely broken leg.

Police found Wade at his sister’s house about an hour after the incident, which happened on the A361 Ashby Road in Daventry shortly before 6am on January 4 this year.

A breath test revealed he had 54 micrograms of alcohol in his breath, when the legal limit is 35.

He was arrested and charged with drink-driving and failing to stop after a road accident that caused injury.

Wade pleaded guilty to drink-driving on arrest and not guilty for failing to stop, but he later changed this plea to guilty before his trial.

In evidence given at the time of his arrest, Wade said he had stopped the car after hitting Mr Stamp and tried to knock on nearby doors and phone for help but, when he was unsuccessful, ran to his sister’s house for help.

During a sentencing hearing at Northampton Magistrate’s Court earlier this week, evidence read out by the Crown Prosecution Service said that after his arrest, Wade’s girlfriend tried to take responsibility for the accident, saying she had been the one driving his car, a Renault Megane, at the time.

Wade was sentenced to 14 weeks in prison for failing to stop after an accident that caused injury to another person, and two weeks for drink driving, with both sentences to be served consecutively.

In a summary of the evidence, the court heard that Mr Stamp is still undergoing various operations following the accident and is expected to take at least 18 months to recover fully.

He will not receive any direct compensation from Wade because of the prison sentence.