Van driver crashed into parked car while trying to open box of Matchmakers
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A care co-ordinator crashed his van into a parked car because he was opening a box of chocolates at the wheel, a court has heard.
Lee Henderson, 31 of Barkis Road, Great Yarmouth, was driving a Ford Transit van on Old Yarmouth Road in Sutton when he took his eyes off the road and collided with a parked car - damaging both vehicles.
Norwich Magistrates' Court heard how at the time of collision, Henderson was using both hands to open a box of Quality Street Matchmakers while steering causing him to veer into the stationary Nissan Skyline.
The collision happened between 12 and 2pm on Friday, May 24 and as a result Henderson was charged with driving without due care and attention. He was also charged with not wearing a seat belt at the time.
On Monday, the charges were dealt with by magistrates in Norwich, with Henderson entering guilty pleas in writing.
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Neal Carr, prosecuting, said: "While driving, he was opening a box of chocolates with both hands and took his eyes off the road. Both vehicles were damaged."
A legal advisor told the bench Henderson had not submitted anything in mitigation and the defendant did not appear at the hearing in person.
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Henderson, who already had three points on his licence, was given an additional seven points.
He was also ordered to pay more than £400 to the courts, consisting of a £296 fine, £100 in court costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
Meanwhile, another driver who was involved in a crash outside of the entrance to the Ipswich Road branch of Tesco was ordered to pay £353 and given three points on his licence.
Paul Cooling, 53, of Bignold Road, was charged with driving without due care and attention in relation to a crash on May 27, between his Ford Fiesta and another Ford Fiesta at the lights outside the supermarket.
Carr said Cooling had caused the collision after jumping a red light leaving the supermarket - an allegation the defendant disputed. Despite this though, Cooling entered a guilty plea and was issued with three penalty points.