AN ISLE of Wight man who crashed his Audi on the dual carriageway almost caused another collision by failing to report it until the following day.

Callum Steele, of Victoria Avenue, Shanklin, appeared before a judge at the Isle of Wight Crown Court on Friday, April 12.

At a previous hearing in January, the 29-year-old admitted being the driver of a vehicle and failing to stop after a road traffic accident, on Medina Way in Newport, on December 3 of last year.

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

Prosecutor, Tim Devlin, said police were called to a single-vehicle road traffic collision on Medina Way at around 8.30am.

He said the driver, Steele, fled from the scene, and car parts were left strewn across both lanes.

The court heard the crash almost led to a second collision, with attending police narrowly avoiding hitting a car radiator on the carriageway.

Mr Devil said Steele’s vehicle – an Audi S3 Quattro – went head-on into a barrier, bounced off, twisted round, hit a second barrier and spun off.

Jonathan Underhill, defending, said it would have been unjust to activate Steele’s suspended sentence, given it was imposed for an entirely dissimilar matter, and his client was making good progress with the probation service.

He said Steele was a new driver, and six or more penalty points would result in his licence being revoked, which would likely, if not inevitably, cause him to lose his job in the automotive industry.

Mr Underhill said five points would allow Steele, who has a baby on the way, to retain his licence while still keeping him on the cusp of losing it.

He said he was a young man who didn’t have the greatest start at life, and while it was an unusual approach, it was possible.

Steele, who has eight previous convictions for 22 offences, was fined £350, and his driving record was endorsed with five penalty points.