A young Cornwall farmer killed himself after fleeing a head-on car crash in a panic because he had been drinking.

21-year-old Jack Thomas had drunk alcohol during a sociable weekend with friends having gone to the Royal Cornwall show in June last year.

He was driving home to a farm near Sennen to prepare for a work trip to Ireland when he was involved in a head on crash in Cornwall at 3.30am.

But an inquest at Cornwall Coroner's Court heard that Jack did not remain at the scene of the accident.

A police dog handler later found Jack in a nearby field at Blackwater.

The inquest heard Jack's blood alcohol reading was 93 mg of alcohol - the legal top limit for driving is 80mg - after he had been to a young farmers' party.

The coroner was told the head on crash happened near Chiverton Cross and Jack had suffered a head wound and police made a high risk missing person report.

The inquest heard one of Jack's friends had been jailed for six years for causing death by dangerous driving.

Jack's mother told the coroner she thought her son panicked because of what happened to the friend.

Rachel Thomas said her son was a bright young man who was studying agriculture at university and wanted to return to Cornwall to work on the family farm.

The senior coroner for Cornwall Andrew Cox said Jack had been drinking the night before and then decided to drive home.

Mr Cox said Jack was involved in the collision and panicked because he had been drinking and left the scene. He was later found dead nearby.

He recorded a suicide conclusion.