Man lashed out at po­lice af­ter failed flee attempt

The Chronicle - - News - By ROB KENNEDY Court Re­porter rob.kennedy@ncjme­dia.co.uk @Chron­i­cleCourt

35-YEAR-OLD JAILED OVER DRUNKEN STAND-OFF AND VI­O­LENCE

SE­RIAL crook Anthony Bellerby tried to make a quick get­away from po­lice on a mo­tor­bike – but fell off within sec­onds af­ter hit­ting a speed bump.

When po­lice turned up to ar­rest him, he kicked off and de­cided to try to evade ar­rest, nar­rowly miss­ing of­fi­cers as he roared off.

But the es­cape ef­fort was short-lived as he lost con­trol in a back lane and ended up on the ground.

A court heard the 35-year-old then be­haved “ap­pallingly” to­wards po­lice, threat­en­ing vi­o­lence, say­ing that he knew where they lived and lash­ing out.

Bellerby, who was throw­ing the bike around to try to keep of­fi­cers away, was even­tu­ally tasered.

Now he has been jailed for six months at New­cas­tle Crown Court af­ter ad­mit­ting dan­ger­ous driv­ing, ex­cess al­co­hol, ob­struct­ing po­lice, hav­ing no in­sur­ance and driv­ing oth­er­wise than in ac­cor­dance with a li­cence.

It was around 7pm on Au­gust 12 that po­lice went to Bellerby’s home in Lynemouth, Northum­ber­land.

Af­ter what be­gan as a “peace­ful stand-off”, of­fi­cers heard the sound of an en­gine and ini­tially thought it was a chain­saw.

But it was a mo­tor­bike and Bellerby, of Fen­ham Road, Lynemouth, sped past some of­fi­cers and to­wards oth­ers be­fore fall­ing off.

Sen­tenc­ing him, Judge Tim Git­tins said: “You may have been frus­trated by the po­lice’s at­ten­dance but you should have gone qui­etly.

“What you chose to do, largely be­cause you were in drink, was firstly be an­gry and abu­sive, re­fus­ing to com­ply with re­quests to come out.

“Then, in­stead of get­ting it over and done with quickly, you de­cided to get a mo­tor­bike and drove it at speed from your door down the rear lane in the di­rec­tion of of­fi­cers, nar­rowly miss­ing them.

“It was a short-lived in­ci­dent, partly be­cause you lost con­trol hav­ing hit a speed bump in that lane.”

As of­fi­cers, who had turned up in numbers and with a po­lice dog, tried to ar­rest Bellerby af­ter he came off the bike, he re­acted vi­o­lently.

Judge Git­tins said: “There­after your be­hav­iour yet again was appalling.

“You were abu­sive and vi­o­lent, threat­en­ing the of­fi­cers you knew where they lived and threat­en­ing vi­o­lence to­wards them and lash­ing out at them, such that they were forced to taser you as you threw the bike around in an ef­fort to keep them away from you.”

Af­ter his ar­rest, Bellerby was breathal­ysed and found to be twice the limit. He also had no in­sur­ance and no valid li­cence.

Judge Git­tins said Bellerby has a long-stand­ing drink and drugs prob­lem and said he will con­tinue to ap­pear in court un­less he deals with his is­sues as “you can’t han­dle your drink”.

Bellerby’s bar­ris­ter said it was a “short pe­riod of driv­ing or around 10 to 20 sec­onds” and claimed his speed did not ex­ceed 20mph.

The source of his of­fend­ing is said to be drink and drugs but he pro­vided good care for his part­ner’s chil­dren, the court heard.

Anthony Bellerby

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