Hit-and-run driver tracked down on Facebook

DRIVERS turned detectives to find the hit-and-run motorist involved in a crash in Dewsbury.

Culprit Daniel Briggs, 25, was traced through Facebook after he fled the scene on Leeds Road.

Leeds Crown Court heard Briggs, of Thornhill Lees, was driving his girlfriend’s Audi and ploughed into the back of a car with such force that it was shunted forward into another vehicle.

Both Briggs’ victims suffered neck injuries.

One needed time off work while the other had only just bought the car and still has to make payments.

Briggs, who took the Audi without permission, only had a provisional licence and didn’t have any insurance.

After the crash, he parked his girlfriend’s car in a shop car park, ran off and later told her to report the vehicle as stolen, which she did.

Duncan Ritchie, prosecuting, said the crime report was soon discovered to be false. Then one of the other drivers, who found out the name of Briggs’ girlfriend, looked her up on Facebook. A picture of her cuddling Briggs was seen and he was recognised as the driver who fled.

Briggs pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

He also admitted having no insurance or full driving licence, attempting to pervert the course of justice and common assault.

Richard Reed, for Briggs, said his client has a cannabis problem which has cost him his job more than once. He was jailed for 12 months and banned from driving for two years.

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