A WREXHAM teenager who took a motorbike without permission seriously injured himself in a high speed crash, a court heard.

Christopher Curran, of Montrose Gardens, appeared at Wrexham Magistrates Court on Tuesday afternoon.

The 18-year-old admitted aggravated vehicle taking on April 2 this year and possession of cannabis on September 20.

Prosecutor Justin Espie told the court that in the earlier of the two offences, Curran had been riding a KTM motorbike which he didn't have permission to use.


At around 5pm on April 2, he was riding along the A525 Ruabon Road with a Mercedes vehicle travelling in front of him.

It was a bright, sunny day and the conditions were dry, Mr Espie explained.

As the Mercedes attempted to turn right, the defendant tried to overtake - and found himself on the wrong side of the road.

He was travelling at a high speed - described by Mr Espie as "far in excess of the speed limit" - and was ejected into the air, landing some distance away.

Curran was taken to hospital, having sustained substantial injuries.
CCTV analysis gave an estimated speed for the motorbike as between 65 and 79 miles per hour at the point of impact. The speed limit there was 40mph.

Laura MacMillan, defending, told the court: "Clearly, this was an awful incident for all involved and one he regrets.

"This will have a lifelong effect on him and it's unclear if he will ever work again."

She added that her client had been 17 at the time of the offence, and asked the District Judge to bear in mind the sentence Curran would have received had he been dealt with in the youth court at the time of the offence.

District Judge Gwyn Jones said: "You were driving far too fast and there was a collision with another vehicle. Regrettably for you, you were the main victim.

"You were thrown from the bike and were taken to hospital in North Staffordshire.

"They were understandably very concerned as to the condition you were in.

The Leader:

"Fortunately for you, you're still with us.

"Although you don't want to be in this court, and members of your family don't want to see you in court, they're relieved you are able to continue your rehabilitation.

"It is clear your condition will take some time to resolve."

Curran received eight weeks detention at a young offenders institute, suspended for nine months.

He must pay £85 costs and was banned from driving for two years.

The Judge told Curran: "I wish you well; you have a long way to go.

"Please don't do anything silly."