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Chase teen sentenced to community service

Hamilton Magistrates Court

A St George’s teen has been ordered to serve more than 200 hours of community service for leading police on a chase through Hamilton.

Calvin Wilson, 17, pleaded guilty in April to failing to stop for police, driving dangerously, driving without lights in the hours of darkness, driving while disqualified by age, and driving an unlicensed and uninsured vehicle.

The court heard that on February 16, officers were directing traffic at the corner of Berry Hill and Tee Street when they saw a motorcycle with the driver and a passenger approach.

They saw that both were wearing black ski masks and the vehicles lights were off. The officers signalled for the vehicle to stop, but the vehicle continued towards Middle Road with police in pursuit.

The chase continued through Hamilton and into the Middletown area, where the rider lost control of the vehicle, sending both himself and his passenger to the ground.

The rider, identified as Wilson, attempted to flee on foot but he was caught and arrested by officers.

Wilson was disqualified from driving all vehicles for 18 months after his guilty plea, but Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo elected to order a Social Inquiry Report before completing the sentence.

Returning to Magistrates’ Court this morning, Wilson agreed to a sentence of community service totalling 215 hours for the various traffic offences.

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