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Landscaper fined after police chase

A Middle Town landscaper was given a suspended sentence in Magistrates’ Court after leading police on a high-speed chase.

N’Tiko Smith, 29, pleaded guilty to several traffic offences, including riding an unlicensed and uninsured vehicle, failing to stop for police and driving while disqualified.

Crown counsel Robert Welling said police were carrying out random searches on Crow Lane around 3.10am on July 27 when they saw Smith approach on a Honda Scoopy.

He was signalled to stop but continued around the Crow Lane roundabout, doing a complete circle before turning onto Berry Hill Road.

Police followed Smith as he swerved near the intersection with Point Finger Road. He continued on that road and passed through a red light where road works were in place at around 80kph.

He then turned onto South Road, nearly colliding with another vehicle, and rode west.

Mr Welling said that Smith was seen trying to dismount the bike while it was still moving, causing the vehicle to crash into some nearby hedges.

Smith then reportedly attempted to run from police, but was arrested after a brief foot chase.

Appearing in court in custody, Smith pleaded guilty to five traffic offences and apologised for wasting the court’s time.

Asked by Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner why he chose to ride while disqualified, Smith replied: “I have been really trying. It’s hard out there.

“I need transportation to get home. The buses don’t run and I don’t have any money for taxis.”

Mr Warner responded: “You should be home then.”

Mr Warner fined Smith a total of $3,050 for the five offences and handed him 21 demerit points.

He also sentenced Smith to 30 days’ imprisonment suspended for two years, warning him that if he is convicted of an imprisonable offence within the next 24 months, the sentence can be activated.

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Published August 03, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated August 03, 2011 at 9:42 am)

Landscaper fined after police chase

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