A teenage motorcycle thief who put lives at risk as he led police on a dangerous pursuit through Nottingham has been sent to a young offenders’ institution.
Officers spotted Jaydon Marriott, 18, speeding at 40pm along Beechdale Road, Nottingham, shortly before 1.15 pm on Tuesday 5 May and immediately began to follow him.
The moped had been stolen a month earlier from an address in Harwell Crescent, Aspley, and was being driven on false number plates.
As the pursuing officers turned on their blue lights, Marriott accelerated away – passing through a red light before driving the wrong side of the road along Aspley Lane.
The chase was finally brought to an end when Marriott and his male passenger attempted to drive across an area of parkland and had their path blocked by the pursuing officers’ car. After a brief foot chase, the pair were arrested.
Appearing at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday 1 July) Marriott, was given an 18-month detention order for theft, taking a vehicle without consent, dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance.
He was also punished for the attempted theft of another motorcycle on Monday 4 May. In addition, Marriott was disqualified from driving for a further two years and will have to take an enhanced test if he is to drive legally again.
PC Kulwinder Bazaz from Nottinghamshire Police said: “In attempting to evade capture as he did, this young man made an already bad situation worse. Stealing a motorcycle is a serious offence on its own, but riding it in such a reckless way also put the lives of other road users and pedestrians at risk. It is always sad when young people are locked away but I hope this period of detention will allow him to reflect on the events of that day past events and reassess what he wants from life.”