Court hears whilst woman was in shop her car rolled out of a filling station and caused 'substantial' damage to a wall in Bangor

Court hears whilst woman was in shop her car rolled out of a filling station and caused 'substantial' damage to a wall in Bangor

A WOMAN whose car rolled out of a filling station and crossed a road in Bangor whilst she was in a shop caused "substantial" damage to a garden wall, Newtownards Magistrates Court heard.

A defence lawyer said when a "shocked" Rachel Cole came out she initially thought her car may have been stolen and whilst "flustered" she failed to examine the rear of the vehicle and drove off from Donaghadee Road on October 24 last year.

The 34-year-old defendant, of Deanfield in Bangor, pleaded guilty to failing to remain and report a collision.

The court heard it appeared there had been a handbrake incident and the vehicle rolled across the road.

The defendant told police she felt "very lucky and just got into the car and left".

A defence lawyer said there had been a "slight incline" at the filling station "and the car rolled out of the garage and across the road".

When the defendant then saw her car across the road she was "very flustered" and ran down to get it off the road and "never looked behind the car".

She got in and drove off,  "just grateful that her car hadn't hit anybody else or hit another car".

He added that the defendant "regrets not looking behind her car" but after police called with her she had gone back to the property owner and apologised and the "matter has been sorted out with her insurance company. They are fixing the wall."

The court heard the incident had been captured on CCTV.

The defendant was given six penalty points and fined £300.