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Rider banned after high speed chase

A Pembroke man who led police on a high-speed chase through Hamilton has been banned from driving.

Officers attempted to stop 22-year-old Christopher Bell-Rhoda in the afternoon of October 13 after noticing a Blackberry cell phone jammed between his ear and his helmet while he was riding his bike at the junction of Cedar Avenue and Victoria Street.

However Magistrates’ Court heard that Bell-Rhoda pulled away from the officers, speeding to Dundonald Street and then Bulls Head Car Park.

The chase continued onto Canal Road and Woodlands Road before Bell-Rhoda lost control of the motorcycle at the St John’s Road roundabout.

Bell-Rhoda pleaded guilty to driving in a dangerous manner and riding an uninsured vehicle, but said he was unaware that it was a police vehicle chasing him.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo said the defendant treated Hamilton like a racetrack and, noting his previous convictions, said he was a prolific traffic offender.

Mr Tokunbo fined Bell-Rhoda $1,000 for driving an uninsured vehicle and a further $500 for driving dangerously. He also banned the defendant from driving all vehicles for 18 months.

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Published December 10, 2012 at 8:00 am (Updated December 10, 2012 at 12:35 am)

Rider banned after high speed chase

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