Over drink limit on gift for brother

A DRUNKEN mini-moped driver was over twice the limit when he led police on a chase through an area of Hartlepool on the bike he’d bought his little brother for Christmas.

Uninsured and unlicensed Adam James Fawcett necked 10 cans of lager and then decided to take his younger sibling’s present – a small blue off-road bike – out for a spin.

The 18-year-old was spotted by two officers swerving all over the road in Dalkeith Road, in Owton Manor, at 11.30pm, and then turning into Duncan Road.

He did not see the eagle-eyed policemen at first but when he noticed they were onto him he sped off into Brierton Lane.

Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard that he left the road and mounted a boggy grassed area, lost control of the bike, and ended up falling to the ground.

Prosecuting, Paul Power told Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court: “It was 4.20am when officers on patrol saw the defendant riding a small blue off-road bike.

“He turned into Dalkeith Road and didn’t appear to pay the officers any attention or notice them. They followed him and he was riding it in a particular manner, swerving all over the road.

“He then turned into Duncan Road with police following about 20 metres behind when he turned round and noticed the police car and he sped off.

“The constables then backed off as they didn’t want a pursuit but still followed him onto Brierton Lane where he went from the road to a grassed area. He then lost control of the bike due to boggy conditions and he fell to the ground. He was detained.”

He added: “He was found to be just over twice the legal limit and told officers it was his brother’s bike which he had just bought. He was going to give it to his younger brother for a Christmas present.

“He said he was drunk, after having drank 10 cans of lager, was being stupid and shouldn’t have taken the bike out.”

Unemployed Fawcett, of Kintra Road, Hartlepool, was found to have 76 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

He pleaded guilty to drink driving, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence and without insurance.

Mitigating, Stuart Haywood, said: “He’s extremely sorry for what he did, he realises he should have just stayed at home and not got onto the bike.”

Chairman of the bench Nigel Guerin banned him from driving for 17 months, fined him £200, ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.