Dangerous riding caused cars to swerve

A MOTORCYCLIST forced two cars to take evasive action as he sped through Ipswich without indicating or slowing for oncoming traffic.Paul Stevenson caused two motorists to break abruptly when he pulled out in front of them onto Dukes Street roundabout without slowing or indicating.

A MOTORCYCLIST forced two cars to take evasive action as he sped through Ipswich without indicating or slowing for oncoming traffic.

Paul Stevenson caused two motorists to break abruptly when he pulled out in front of them onto Dukes Street roundabout without slowing or indicating.

Rebekah Korniej, prosecuting at Ipswich Crown Court said: “He was moving from left to right across both sides of the road and crossed the next roundabout in excess of 70 miles per hour. The motorbike was wobbling in the road.”

The 21-year-old then sped along residential areas in Landseer Road and Holbrook Road.


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Judge Neil McKittrick sentencing Stevenson said his bad driving could have easily led to an accident or injury.

Ms Korniej said officers first noticed Stevenson who they then recognised as a disqualified driver in Myrtle Road on September 2 last year.

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Ms Korniej said it was almost 11pm when Stevenson was seen riding the motorcycle towards Bishops Hill and Fore Hamlet.

She said the officers lost site of Stevenson after he turned into Holbrook Road.

“They attended at his address and shortly afterwards he arrived on a push bike,” she added.

Ms Korniej said Stevenson, of Fletcher Road, struggled with the officers and had to be restrained before he could be arrested.

Stevenson accepted that the motorcycle was his but initially denied riding it.

He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and disqualified driving on the first day of his trial on January 16 this year.

The court heard that Stevenson had previous convictions and had been banned from driving until February 2009 for driving without a licence.

Lynne Shirley mitigating, said Stevenson had “not done himself any favours in the pre-sentence report”.

She added: “He now fully accepts his guilt. He can now see the real risk of his driving. Thankfully no one was injured and there was no accident.”

Judge McKittrick said: “It was a bad case of driving when you were disqualified. You turned without indicating, you swerved from side to side and you caused two cars to break abruptly. It was only by good fortune that no one was injured.”

He sentenced Stevenson to 10 months in prison but suspended the term for 18 months.

Stevenson was told to take part in the Think First Programme. He was disqualified from driving for 12 months and told he would have to take an extended test before ever driving legally.

Stevenson, who was employed and was not claiming benefits was told to pay £250 towards court costs.

The court heard that his mother, whom he lived with, would probably pay the costs.

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