Man pleads guilty to dangerous driving
A man involved in a police chase could be banned from the roads after pleading guilty to dangerous driving.
Adam King, 41, appeared before Magistrates’ Court where he pleaded guilty to several traffic offences including dangerous driving – an offence that could result in a maximum penalty of a $1,500 and an 18-month road ban.
But King asked the court if he could keep his licence so that he could maintain his landscaping business.
The court heard that police recognised King, from Hamilton Parish, as he rode along Radnor Road, in Devonshire, on Sunday and stopped him over warrants for his arrest.
Officers informed him of the warrants, but King instead rode down Radnor Road and onto North Shore Road despite officers telling him to stop.
Maria Sofianos, for the Crown, said that King was seen riding his motorcycle along the sidewalk and against the flow of traffic, which forced other vehicles to swerve to avoid a collision.
She added that King eventually left his cycle on Workmen’s Lane and escaped on foot, but was later found and arrested.
Police later discovered that King’s motorcycle had not been licensed or insured since September 2018.
King admitted dangerous driving, failure to stop for police, riding an unlicensed motorcycle and riding without insurance.
But he told the court that he approached the officers first to tell them his motorcycle was unlicensed and uninsured.
He added that they gave him permission to ride home, but later chased after him as he went home.
King also said: “I was speeding, but to say that I was swerving and that cars were swerving is a lie.”
King said that he was the only member his landscaping company and asked to submit proof that his business would fail if he lost his licence.
Senior magistrate Juan Wolffe agreed to hear his application and adjourned the case until June 4 for sentencing. He released King on $1,000 bail.
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