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BANNED driver Michael Steven­son was spot­ted on a mo­tor­bike just months after be­ing dis­qual­i­fied.

But the 27-year-old claimed he’d only rid­den the off-road bike a short dis­tance be­fore de­cid­ing to push it for the rest of the jour­ney.

Mag­is­trates heard po­lice saw him trav­el­ling ‘at speed’ on the A34 in Trent Vale.

Emma Thomp­son, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “On speak­ing to him, they de­cided he was un­der the in­flu­ence of cannabis and he pro­vided a pos­i­tive road­side drug swab.”

Of­fi­cers then dis­cov­ered Steven­son, of Gains­bor­ough Road, Blur­ton, had been dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing in April for six months.

Steven­son ad­mit­ted driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied and driv­ing while over the drug-drive limit.

Adam Mor­gan, mit­i­gat­ing, said: “He was fix­ing up a bike and he asked his friend to make some mi­nor re­pairs and was tak­ing it there. He rode for a short time.”

Steven­son was given a 12-month ban and also a 12-month com­mu­nity or­der. He must also pay £135 in costs and an £85 vic­tim sur­charge.

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