Man lashed out at police after failed flee attempt
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.