Chase through Hamilton streets leads to fine and road ban
A Pembroke man has been fined $800 and banned from the roads for 18 months after leading police on a chase around the streets of Hamilton.
Aaron Albuoy, 37, admitted in Magistrates’ Court to driving dangerously on July 29.
The court heard that at 10am on that date, police saw a motorcycle failing to stop at the junction of Burnaby Street and Front Street. They activated their lights and sirens and signalled for the motorcyclist to stop.
Albuoy was said to have looked back, observed police making a gesture and driven off in a westerly direction at high speed.
He was pursued along Front Street before turning right at the Bird Cage on to Queen Street, doing a U-turn and travelling the wrong way back down Queen Street – a one-way system – to Front Street.
He proceeded to weave through several streets including Bermudiana Road, Par-la-Ville Road, Front Street, Woodbourne Avenue including going the wrong way on the one-way road, and Gorham Road.
When he turned left on to Par-la-Ville Road from Front Street he caused a car to swerve in order to avoid a collision.
The chase then moved west as he turned left on to Serpentine Road, right on to Pitts Bay Road and left on St John’s Road. He attempted to make a U-turn in a bus lay-by across from Stovell Bay Road where he lost control of his bike and came to a halt.
Police immediately arrested Albuoy and asked him for an account of his actions to which he responded: “Why are you stopping me? I am tired of the man stopping me.”
He was taken to Hamilton Police Station and issued with a moving violation ticket. Albuoy apologised for his actions in the court.