Smithfield teenager put lives at risk in high-speed chase

Published date: 19 March 2014 |
Published by: Rory Sheehan
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A TEENAGER has admitted spitting at a policeman after fleeing from officers on a stolen motorbike in a dangerous high-speed chase.

Magistrates said his reckless high speed driving put lives at risk.

The 17 year-old from Oxford Street, Smithfield, admitted five charges at Wrexham Youth Court and was sentenced to eight months detention.

Two charges related to earlier incidents but regarding the high-speed motorcycle chase, he admitted dangerous driving, assaulting a police officer and criminal damage.

On March 10, the youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was seen riding a Honda Sabre VT1100 by its owner. The machine  had been stolen by another youth.

The court was shown dramatic CCTV footage of the teenager being chased by a police helicopter as he raced through villages on the A539 Overton Road.

The footage showed the teenager had clothing over his head to hide his identity. He undercut a lorry and later overtook another vehicle on the brow of a hill between Ruabon and Erbistock – all at high speeds.

Prosecutor Matthew Ellis said: “He was clearly struggling to control what is a very powerful vehicle.

“Heading towards Overton he came off the bike in some woodland and police caught up with him.

“He used foul and abusive language towards officers and spat in the face of PC Colin Hughes.

“He also spat all over the inside of the police car, which required professional cleaning afterwards.”

The court heard the youth did not have a licence or any insurance.

Andy Holliday, defending, said: “Given his previous record, there is little I can offer in mitigation.

“He’s enthusiastic about bikes and once he saw the 1,100cc chopper style bike, he couldn’t resist the opportunity.

“He did slow down at times, which shows he had a little awareness for the safety of others on the road.”

Magistrates sentenced the teenager to an eight-month detention and training order for dangerous driving and banned him from driving for three years.

For the other four offences – which including separate earlier offences committed in February, of taking a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent outside Wrexham Foyer and breaking and entering a garden shed on Oxford Street to steal a Prima Scooter – he was given a four-month detention sentence to be served concurrently, half in custody, half on licence.

Magistrate Paul Galloway said: “This is the end of the road for you. You are clearly not sorry you did it.

“It is a very, very serious offence which put the lives of others at risk.”

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