Driver who avoided hitting a large rabbit ends up with a court conviction

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Friday 28th January 2022 5:10 am
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A 20-year-old man from Santon who crashed his BMW while avoiding a large rabbit has been fined £350 for careless driving.

Toby Lace was also fined £500 for having two defective tyres bringing his overall penalty to £850.

Magistrates also endorsed his licence with four points.

Lace, who lives at Main Road, did not attend court but sent a postal admission to the offences.

Prosecuting advocate Hazel Carroon told the court that police were called to an accident on the Mountain Road on September 18.

Lace’s black BMW was on its roof with him nearby.

A roadside breathalyser test produced a reading of zero.

The car was taken to the test centre and found to have two tyres worn to below the legal tread limit.

He was interviewed at Ramsey police station and said that a large hare or rabbit had jumped into the carriageway so he had taken evasive action which had resulted in the crash.

Lace said that he had ordered new tyres shortly before the accident.

The court heard that he has no previous convictions.

Magistrates also ordered him to pay £50 prosecution costs and he was given three months to pay all amounts.

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