Man hit with $3,000 in fines and demerit points for police chase

June 15th, 2020|0 Comments

A careless driving motorbike rider was fined $3,000 yesterday after he ignored a police order to stop in an attempt to avoid traffic tickets.

Tekeste Goater, 37, pleaded guilty in Magistrates’ Court to charges that he failed to stop for police and drove carelessly among other offences related to a police chase.

The court heard that officers on mobile patrol on Happy Valley Road, Pembroke shortly after 7pm noticed Goater sat on an auxiliary cycle that partially blocked the road.

The officers also noticed that the licence on the bike’s plate expired in August 2018.

The court heard Goater turned to face the officers, who recognised him, and he rode away to nearby Crisson Avenue.

Police signalled Goater to pull over, but he continued at high speed and over several speed bumps in the area.

The officers lost him, but went to Goater’s home where they found him and the auxiliary cycle.

The incident happened on January 6.

The vehicle was not licensed or insured and Goater had failed to notify TCD about the change in the bike’s ownership.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo fined Goater, of Devonshire, $1,500 for having no insurance, $800 for careless driving and $350 for riding an unlicensed vehicle.

He also fined him $200 for failure to stop for police and $150 for failure to notify TCD about the change in ownership.

Mr Tukunbo also imposed 24 demerit points on Goater’s driving licence and warned him that if he received any more, he would be banned from the roads.

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