Teenager jailed after string of offences

A TEENAGE menace who was captured by police when the stolen motorbike he was riding ran out of fuel is today looking forward to Christmas behind bars.

A TEENAGE menace who was captured by police when the stolen motorbike he was riding ran out of fuel is today looking forward to Christmas behind bars.

Drink-driver Dayne Knock mounted kerbs and reached speeds of up to 80mph as he was chased around Whitton by police officers earlier this month.

The 18-year-old then gave a whoop and held up his hands after the hotwired Honda came to a grinding halt and he was arrested.

The trouble-maker, of Thompson Road, off Bramford Lane, Ipswich, bragged to the officers: “You would never have got me otherwise”.


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Knock later admitted to driving dangerously and that he had been more than twice the legal alcohol limit at the time. He was found to have 78mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, with the legal limit 35mcg.

When he appeared at Ipswich Crown Court to be sentenced he also admitted a string of other offences committed in the last four months; robbery, common assault, theft of a motorbike, two counts of aggravated taking a vehicle without consent, two criminal damage offences, dangerous driving, no insurance and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

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Mark Bursell, prosecuting, told the court that on August 23 Knock had approached two teenage boys and threatened them with violence unless one of them gave him their motorbike.

Mr Bursell said: “The defendant then got on to the motorcycle threatening to kill him unless the key was given.

“The group that was with the defendant told Mr Knock to be careful or he would be sent to prison. He replied 'I don't care; I like prison'.”

Knock also punched on of the boys before the bike was eventually given back once Knock fell off it.

The court then heard how Knock had damaged a police cell on October 2 and ripped a paramedic's jacket on November 23 when an ambulance crew came to his home to help his brother.

Then on December 5 Knock was seen speeding around Ipswich's roads at night without a helmet, with his lights switched off and reaching speeds of up to 55mph.

At one point the bike stalled and the officers chasing him shouted to Knock “don't be an idiot, Dayne, we know who you are, just stop.”

However Knock carried on driving until the bike eventually ran out of petrol, which allowed the officers to catch him.

Mr Recorder David Anderson QC sentenced Knock to 22-months in a Young Offenders' Institute for all the offences.

He said: “You are a menace to society and you won't be able to live a normal life until you have your drinking under control.”

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