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When is it OK to leave the scene of an accident? And what happens if I do?

By Elsie 12 March 2009 42

I was recently involved in a minor accident (less than $100 damage) but when I gestured for the other driver to pull off the road he jumped out of his car, moved towards me and became aggressive. 

I have been a victim of crime and felt threatened so I drove off but reported the incident to the local police who felt I had behaved correctly. 

The other driver reported a different version of events at a different police station and that officer has now charged me to appear in court. 

I have a perfect driving record without as much as a parking fine.  I have been involved in 2 other accidents, one in which I was at fault and on both occasions I stopped and exchanged details. 

What can I expect and what is the worst that can happen?


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jessieduck 12:34 pm 20 Mar 09

I think they missed their meds this morning.

justbands 11:45 am 20 Mar 09

Troll alert jessieduck. simplecon has turned up today & rubbished Canberra in any slightly related way they can in several threads.

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