An Isle of Wight man, who crashed his Audi on the dual carriageway and failed to report it until the following day, was lucky not to have caused another collision, a court has heard.

Appearing at the Isle of Wight Magistrates' Court on Friday, January 19, Callum Steele, of Victoria Avenue, Shanklin, admitted failing to stop after a crash in December.

He was in breach of a two-year suspended sentence, handed down to him in 2022 for drug and weapon offences.

On December 3, 2023, Steele hit the barriers on Medina Way at "significant speed".

Liz Miller, prosecuting, said he was driving in the slow lane and had lost control of the vehicle, after hitting ground water.

Following the crash, the car's exhaust and radiator were left strewn across the carriageway.

Rather than report it immediately, Steele abandoned his Audi on the side of the road and "got a lift home from a mate", Ms Miller said.

Had it not been for a member of the public reporting the crash and police closing the road, another more serious collision may have occurred, the court was told.

Defending, Oscar Vincent, did not contest any of the prosecution's evidence.

Steele saw his case sent to the Isle of Wight Crown Court and he is due to be sentenced on February 20.

He was granted unconditional bail until that date.