A kamikaze moped rider sped away from police on the wrong side of the road and with no lights on during a terrifying white-knuckle chase through the streets of Scarborough.
Scott George Jude, 20, nearly collided with a pedestrian during a death-defying ride in
which he rode on pavements, went the wrong way around a roundabout and sped straight over a junction without stopping.
The incident happened in the early hours of March 8, when a traffic constable in a marked police car spotted Jude in Scarborough town centre with another male on a trials bike.
The officer followed them down Hanover Road but Jude “vanished” after speeding through the junction of Victoria Road and Barwick Street. He caught up with Jude in Gladstone Lane.
“The driver was still sat on the moped, facing the officer with his lights switched off,” said prosecuting barrister David Bradshaw.
“The officer was stood in front and tried to block it, and got in his car, but the defendant sped off on to Gladstone Road without his lights on and got away. The officer reversed and tried to follow him and could see (Jude) on the wrong side of some bollards at the junction with Northway. The defendant went down a one-way street the wrong way without his lights on.”
The moped vanished again, but about an hour later the same officer spotted Jude and his mate near Somerset Terrace. He chased Jude but the moped rider mounted a pavement and sped down Valley Road, with parked vehicles between him and the police car.
“The moped had its lights turned off again and was driven at speed along the pavement,” said Mr Bradshaw.
A member of the public noted his registration plate as the defendant swerved to avoid a pedestrian. The moped ended up on a grassed area in Washbeck Close but Jude started it up again and rode off. Police later arrested him at his home in Eastfield after being given his registration number. Jude told officers he didn’t stop for police because he had no licence.
When officers asked him why he had gone back into town on his moped after the first police chase, he said it was because he “liked a bit of fun” and was confident he could get away.
Jude, who works as a labourer, appeared for sentence on Tuesday after admitting one count of dangerous driving and another of careless driving. He also pleaded guilty to having no licence or insurance.
Defence barrister Anna Wilkinson said Jude’s behaviour was “stupid and impulsive”. Judge Stephen Ashurst condemned him for his “extremely dangerous” driving but said it was “just possible” not to give him an immediate prison sentence.
Instead, Jude was given a 12-month community order and 150 hours’ unpaid work.
He was also banned from driving for two years and ordered to complete a 20-day rehabilitation programme.