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Banned rider fined after crash

A man who left the scene of a traffic collision after driving while banned from the roads was fined $2,750 on Tuesday.

Taj Maxwell, 22, pleaded guilty in Magistrates’ Court to driving without due care and attention, driving while disqualified and failing to stop for police.

He also pleaded guilty to failing to give his address after the incident on February 10.

The court heard that Maxwell was seen riding his motorcycle along Trimingham Road in Paget and overtook several cars until he rear-ended a Mini Cooper.

Maxwell gave the driver his name but failed to give his address — something that is required by law after a road collision.

Police arrived to assess the damage, but Maxwell got on his bike and left when they appeared, despite calls from police to stop.

A licence-plate check in the police service’s database revealed that Maxwell had been disqualified from driving all vehicles until December 10 this year.

Officers contacted him and Maxwell attended Hamilton Police Station, where he admitted the offences.

Maxwell, from Warwick, apologised in court, and said he was unaware he had to give his address after an accident.

He added: “I had no ill intent, I just panicked because I knew I wasn’t supposed to be riding.”

Senior magistrate Maxanne Anderson told Maxwell: “Our people are dying on these roads.

“Everyone’s acting like they are rushing to go somewhere, but the island is so small you don’t need to rush. Just leave home early.

“You need to be asking someone for rides.”

Ms Anderson banned him from the roads for an additional three months, which Maxwell will serve consecutively to his present road ban.

She fined him $2,750 for all offences, but Maxwell said he could not afford the fine and asked instead to do community service.

Ms Anderson ordered that he undergo a social inquiry report to see if he was eligible for community service — but told him to pay $200 by the end of the day.

She adjourned the case until July 9.

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