Mo­tor­cy­clist apol­o­gises for wasting court’s time

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS -


A MO­TOR­CY­CLIST ended up on the roof of a parked car he hit while rid­ing over the limit.

Teenager Sa­muel Sparkes col­lided with a BMW on Ro­man Way in Lech­lade on Fe­bru­ary 23 of this year.

Rep­re­sent­ing him­self, the 19-year-old, of The Street, Marston Mey­sey, told Chel­tenham Mag­is­trates’ Court how he was re­ally sorry for mak­ing the mis­take.

The case heard how he ad­mit­ted tak­ing co­caine and drink­ing some pints be­fore climb­ing aboard the mo­tor­bike.

He said he had mis­judged a junc­tion, swerved and hit the other ve­hi­cle.

Prose­cu­tor So­nia Al­ford told the bench: “What ap­pears to have hap­pened was he had rid­den the mo­tor­bike into the back of the BMW, he went onto the roof and fell onto the ground.” Sparkes gave a reading of 105 mil­ligrammes of-al­co­hol-per 100 millil­itres of-blood. The le­gal limit is 80.

He pleaded guil­ity to driv­ing the mo­tor­bike while over the limit and pos­sess­ing co­caine. Mag­is­trates were handed sev­eral let­ters, in­clud­ing one the de­fen­dant had writ­ten. He said his ac­tions were ‘reck­less’ and promised never to do any­thing like it again. “I’m sorry I wasted the time of the emer­gency ser­vices and that of this court,” he added, as it was read by the clerk. Sparkes was dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for 16 months and told to pay £141.

A sep­a­rate 12 month penalty for the drug of­fence will be served con­cur­rently.

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