Banned mechanic was in high-speed police chase
A MECHANIC was caught behind the wheel while banned from driving for being involved in highspeed police chases.
Andrew Jaiden Riseley, 21, was jailed for eight months in February last year after being involved in two police chases through Macclesfield. In one, Riseley fled from police across the Weston estate before crashing head into a car on Bostock Road which was carrying a woman and her young daughter.
He was banned from driving for two years.
But after his release from prison, Riseley, a car mechanic living on Tennyson Close, Macclesfield, was caught back behind the wheel while still subject to the ban, Macclesfield Magistrates court heard.
He was stopped by police on Merebrook Road and had no insurance at the time. Police also found cannabis in his wallet.
Prosecuting, Debbie Byrne, said: “Officers recognised him for driving while disqualified and stopped him.
“He said the car belonged to himself and his dad and he’d been keeping it on his uncle’s drive where he was staying. He said that all he knows is cars.
“There was no insurance on the car and a small amount of cannabis in his wallet.
“He said he’s not a regular cannabis user and it was for personal use.”
Riseley pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified, driving without a licence and possessing cannabis on April 16.
Defending, Jenny Field said he had been helping his dad who is a mechanic.
She said: “He’d been helping out getting the car valeted ready for sale. The defendant doesn’t usually drive the car but on this occasion was taking it to clean it and made the foolish error and decided to drive. It was only a short distance and he was stopped after a couple of minutes. He knows he’s jeopardised his future driving.”
Riseley was given a 12 month community order with 200 hours of unpaid work.
Magistrates told him if he breaches the order he will be back in court to be sentenced again and could face prison.
He was fined £80, banned from driving for 20 months and will have to retake his driving test.
There was no separate penalty for driving without insurance and possessing cannabis.
He was ordered to pay £85 court costs and £85 victim surcharge.
●● Helen Marten is a former student at The King’s School in Macclesfield