Careless driving teen fined

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AN Alnwick teenager has been fined after he pleaded guilty to careless driving and failing to stop after an accident.

Michael Pearson, 18, of Meadow Riggs, was driving at a low speed at the Bailiffgate site of Duchess’s Community High School in March this year when he hit a fellow pupil, James Handyside, who ended up on the bonnet.

Pearson drove along a short distance with him on the bonnet before he fell off when the car braked.

But Jonathan Stirland, defending, said: “This was a low-speed, low-impact coming together of Michael’s vehicle and Mr Handyside on this road outside the school.”

The case was originally listed for trial at South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, but during the proceedings Pearson decided to change his pleas.

He was fined £90 and ordered to pay £250 court costs. His licence was endorsed with five points.