Poor English led driver to flee crash scene

THE language barrier caused a Polish man to flee back to his home after the car he was driving ran through the fence of a neighbour’s garden, a court was told last week.

Magistrates in Boston heard that Grzegorz Kopyt, of Garfits Lane in Boston, drove his cousin’s car up the road after he had been cleaning it, but he got no more than 20 metres before he hit the fence, causing hundreds of pounds damage.

The 43-year-old then scarpered back to his own house before the occupants of the house could come out to him, as he thought he would not be able to communicate with them, said Daniel Paulson, prosecuting.

He added that two boys in the street pointed the occupants in the direction of Kopyt’s house after the incident.

He pleaded guilty to failing to stop after a road accident when he appeared before the bench, and also admitted driving with excess alcohol, as he was found to have a reading of 75 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath when he was tested by police after the incident on May 24.

The legal limit is 35.

Beris Brickles, defending, said Kopyt had been drinking before cleaning the car, which belonged to his cousin, and had given in to the temptation to drive it.

He told the court Kopyt had gone home ‘to wait for the police’ because he was scared that his poor English skills would lead to a misunderstanding, adding: “It has bever been his desire not to pay for any of the damage that had been caused.”

He has paid for the damage to the fence and also paid for the damage to his cousin’s car.”

Magistrates fined him £200 and gave him with a 20 month driving ban.

He was also ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.