A man has been sentenced after he drove dangerously on a moped and failed to stop for the police.
Ashley Duke, 24, of Radford, received an eight month prison sentence suspended for 18 months at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday (Friday 18 September) after being found guilty of failing to stop, driving without insurance, a license and for dangerous driving at a previous hearing.
The charges relate to an incident on 18 August 2019 in Cavendish Road, Carlton, when a patrol officer from Operation Reacher in a marked police vehicle saw a moped clearly in a poor state of repair.
The driver, Duke, was requested to stop but he drove off over a supermarket car park.
He then removed his crash helmet on purpose and drove dangerously along pavements before riding the moped over junctions whilst remaining on the pavements.
He then skidded into Conningsworth Road speeding at 35mph in a 30mph zone.
Duke dumped his bike at the entrance to the Leisure Centre and ran off. Officers chased him and he was quickly detained in a back garden after falling into a pond.
As well as the suspended prison sentence, Duke has also been disqualified from driving with an extended re-test requirement. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge and to conduct 150 hours of unpaid worth along with a rehabilitation order.
Police Inspector Marcus Oldroyd, who runs Operation Reacher, said: “Duke knew the police were behind him and didn’t stop.”
“He admitted that he drove dangerously to get away from officers from the Operation Reacher team who were on a proactive patrol due to anti-social behavior in the area”
“Thankfully no one was injured, including himself or any officers who gave chase and detained Duke.”
“We’re glad officers caught him and that he’s now been held to account for his crimes.”
“People should be able to use our streets without any fear and so we have a zero tolerance towards any dangerous driving incident and Operation Reacher officers will continue to work with those members of the community who call upon us.”
On 5 October 2020, Operation Reacher is due to be expanded to all 12 Neighbourhood Policing areas across Nottinghamshire.