A 17-year-old local youth has been reported for traffic offences following the incident on Sunday.

A YOUNG man has been reported for road traffic offences after crashing a car and abandoning it in a garden.

The collision occurred just before 4am on Sunday morning when police were called to the scene at Southill in Bradworthy.

The black Fork Ka hit a tree and ended up on its side in a garden against a house.

A police spokesman said the driver and a passenger had abandoned the vehicle, but the passenger was later to taken to North Devon District Hospital with neck injuries.

Police and fire crews from Holsworthy carried out a thermal imaging search of the area to try and locate the driver in a hedge.

A 17-year-old local man was later found and reported for traffic offences.

The fire crew made the vehicle safe and absorbed a fuel leak using Environment Agency pads.