Motorcyclist apologises for wasting court’s time
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.