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Man and woman fined over bid to escape police custody

A man who led police on a chase after he escaped from custody following a crash and a woman who helped him were fined yesterday in Magistrates’ Court.

Sanchez Smith, 32, from Southampton, was riding his motorcycle on Middle Road when he ran into the back of a car turning on to Bostock Hill in Paget, the court heard.

Police checked Smith’s details and discovered there was a warrant for his arrest for unpaid fines for earlier traffic offences.

Tinisha Pearman, 23, from Pembroke, turned up in her car and Smith placed his belongings in the vehicle as he stood with police. She drove off but stopped further down the road.

Smith ran along Middle Road, jumped in to Ms Pearman’s car at the junction with Valley Road and the car headed east.

A police patrol car chased the pair and the car came to a halt on Chapel Road in Paget.

Smith jumped out of the car and tried to run but police pepper sprayed him and arrested him and Pearman.

Both admitted the offences, which happened at about 10.30am on October 4 last year.

Smith was fined $600 for his escape from custody and Pearman was fined $300 for her assistance.

Smith also admitted several other traffic offences in connection with the incident.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo fined him a total of $1,850 for riding an unlicensed and uninsured motorcycle, $800 for driving without due care and attention and $150 for driving without a valid licence.

Mr Tokunbo also imposed 21 points on Smith’s licence and ordered him to pay $1,850 in fines racked up for earlier traffic offences before he left the court.

Pearman was also reminded she had $950 of unpaid parking tickets.

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