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No escape after fleeing

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December 03, 2017

AN ECHUCA man who left the scene of an accident after crashing his car into a pole has been convicted and fined $350.

AN ECHUCA man who left the scene of an accident after crashing his car into a pole has been convicted and fined $350.

Cody James Butler, 28, pleaded guilty in Echuca Magistrates Court last Tuesday to careless driving and failing to report an incident to police.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Rachael Hitchens said police, activating their lights, attempted to stop Butler for a routine check on Ogilvie Ave about 11pm on July 21.

Butler did not pull over and police lost sight of him in Heygarth St.

‘‘Police were alerted by a resident who heard a loud bang in Garden Crescent,’’ Snr Constable Hitchens said.

Butler had lost control of his car and hit a telephone pole, splitting it in half.

‘‘He was able to get out and left the scene before help arrived,’’ Snr Constable Hitchens said.

Representing himself, Butler told the court he had a long day at work, welding all day, and did not see the police lights.

‘‘After the incident I was not myself. I was dazed and confused,’’ he said.

Butler said he wasn’t injured in the crash but the car was written off at a cost of $2500 and the pole sustained $4000 damage which he was paying off.

Magistrate Clive Alsop said considering Butler had no driving or criminal history, there was no suggestion drugs or alcohol were involved and he was paying off the damage bill, he would not impose a huge fine or interfere with his licence.

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