Banned me­chanic was in high-speed po­lice chase

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

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

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