A TEENAGE driver crashed his car then got a friend to whack him in the face with a frying pan to try to convince police the vehicle had been stolen, a court heard.
Alex Hobbs fled the scene, leaving his Ford Fiesta upside down, after hitting a lamp post and overturning in the early hours of May 11 last year.
The 19-year-old was identified as the vehicle’s registered keeper and later that day he called police claiming he had been assaulted and his car had been stolen that same morning.
He told his insurance company the same story but when officers visited him at his home he admitted he was the driver and that he had made up the robbery claim.
Hobbs said he got a friend to hit him in the face with a pan to cause injury and make his story more believable.
But he also claimed he had stayed at the scene of the crash in Peterborough and called police from there. After further enquiries Hobbs, who has no previous convictions, was charged. He pleaded guilty at Cambridge crown court to fraud and wasting police time.
He was sentenced to a 12-month community order, a six-month driving ban and ordered to carry out 60 hours of unpaid work.
Det Con Paddy Reeve, of Cambridgeshire Police, said: ‘Hobbs’ desire to run away from the scene of an accident meant an innocent person could have been arrested.
‘Getting his friend to deliberately hit him in the face with a pan to cause injuries shows the extent to which Hobbs was willing to go with his lies.
‘It’s obvious that Hobbs made the false statements to the police and his insurance company to secure a successful insurance claim. There is never any excuse for this behaviour. I’m glad justice caught up with him.’