Pointy shoes blamed for road crash

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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Pointed ‘winkle-picker’ shoes were blamed for causing a 
terrifying car crash.

Aaron Wilkinson’s car smashed through street furniture, ending up on top of railings.

When police tracked the young driver down he lied, claiming his vehicle had been stolen.

But a police dog which had been following a scent from the wrecked car then arrived at Wilkinson’s back door, having led its handler straight there from the accident scene.

Defence lawyer, Gerry Coyle, said his client believed his winkle-picker shoe got stuck between the accelerator and brake, making him lose control of the car.

Wilkinson, 19, of North Drive, Cleveleys, pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen for alcohol testing, not stopping after an accident and driving without insurance and not in accordance with his learner’s licence.

He was disqualified from driving for 12 months and fined £335 with £85 costs by Blackpool magistrates.

Presiding magistrate, Charles Tracey, said: “Thankfully you did not hurt anybody. You could have been in a much more serious position.”

Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, said police got a report of a crash on All Hallows Road, Blackpool, on October 14 at 4.20am. A police officer described it as “like a scene from a war zone”.

Police traced Wilkinson to his home via the car number plate. He said the car had been stolen, but a police dog tracking scent from the accident scene took its handler straight to the defendant’s door.

At the police station he failed to provide the required breath specimen. He said he had only drunk two cans of lager before the crash but left the scene in shock with his male passenger and drank some vodka at home.

Gerry Coyle, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, had been on a night out with a friend.

Once at home they decided to drive to a garage for food.

Wilkinson believed his winkle-picker shoe got caught between the pedals causing him to lose control and crash.