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Dangerous motorbike rider tried to escape police through a GARDEN

A suspect fleeing police rode his motorbike over someone’s garden in an attempt to escape.

Uninsured Alex Cartledge rode on the wrong side of the A610 in Derbyshire, rode the wrong way around two roundabouts and at one point did 50mph in a 30mph zone.

During the chase he also narrowly missed a car when he drove on the wrong side of the road, forcing that driver to swerve to a nearby junction to miss him.

Derby Crown Court heard how the 21-year-old, who had a passenger on the back of the bike, ended up turning into a housing estate, drove over someone’s garden and narrowly avoided a collision with the pursuing police car, as he tried to escape.

He ended up falling off the bike and went on to be captured by an officer and arrested.

The hearing revealed how he had already been banned from driving and was also on a suspended sentence for an unrelated offence.

Jailing him for a total of 11 months, Judge Jonathan Bennett, said: “I’m told your mother is unwell and accommodation is going to be extremely difficult for you.

“Whilst I have got sympathy with that, I have got to go back to the reason you are before me today for dangerous diving and in my view it is serious dangerous driving.

“There are a number of aggravating factors. It was early evening, it involved a police chase, you had a passenger. Not only did you put yourself and other road users at risk, you knew you had a passenger on the back of the motorcycle.

“In terms of driving, you went on the wrong side of the road, the wrong way around a roundabout, exceeded the speed limit.

“Your record for driving is extremely poor. I impose a prison sentence.”

The court heard the incident took place at 8.49pm, on May 27, last year.

Lucy Jones, prosecuting, said: “A police officer was on mobile patrol in Derbyshire, he was driving a marked police car.

“At 8.49pm, he was driving on A610 Glasshouse Hill in Codnor in the direction of Langley Mill. He saw a quad bike and motorbike appear from the junction on his inside. He accelerated past the quad bike and pulled behind the motorbike.

“The motorbike was being ridden by the defendant and he had a passenger riding pillion who has not been identified.

“The officer illuminated the lights of his car indicating for the defendant to stop. The defendant looked around and instantly increased his speed.”

Ms Jones said he was driving down the A610. He drove on the wrong side of the road – the other side of central dividers. He did this for about 35 metres before turning his bike around and travelling back towards Codnor, now on the correct side of the road.

The defendant then got to the roundabout by an industrial estate and drove the wrong way around it. He was travelling at about 30mph at that point. He then took the A610 towards Nottingham.

Ms Jones said: “The officer had called for back up and was joined by another marked police car. There was stinger set up further down the road and so the second police car drove off in front to block the next exit at Ikea.

“Despite this blockage, the defendant slipped past him and made an exit at the next slip. He reached a roundabout and was travelling around 50mph in a 30mph zone whilst there were pedestrians around.

“At the Tesco roundabout he again travelled the wrong way around.”

Ms Jones said at a pedestrian crossing on Rutland Street the defendant overtook a vehicle, again driving on the wrong side of the road, narrowly missing a car which was driving in the opposite direction. That car had to swerve to a nearby junction to miss him.

The defendant drove on Gaton Road, a new housing estate and turned in the mouth of a junction, he cut across somebody’s garden and narrowly avoided collision with the police officer’s car.

When at Victoria Park the defendant tried to mount the kerb, but instead the bike fell to the floor.

Ms Jones said: “The passenger ran off – the defendant picked up the bike and started to ride away.

“The officer had got out of his car to pursue him on foot. The defendant lost control of the bike and fell off. He then got up and started to run. The officer managed to catch up with him, took him to the floor and arrested him.”

Ms Jones said Cartledge had 50 previous convictions in relation to 25 court appearances.

Digby Johnson, mitigating, told the court Cartledge’s mother was unwell.

He said: “It was not a long distance, there was no collision, one vehicle takes evasive action there’s no more than that.

“It is not outside a school with children coming out, not in a car park of a supermarket, no exacerbating features.”

Mr Johnson did ask the judge to adjourn the case to give Cartledge time to find accommodation, but Judge Bennett had other ideas.

Cartledge, of Manor Street, Sneinton, Nottingham, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving without insurance and driving whilst disqualified at an earlier hearing at magistrate’s court.

The court heard he was in breach of a suspended sentence.

He was jailed for 10 months for the incident and one month of the suspended sentence was activated to run consecutively, giving him a total time in prison of 11 months. He was also banned from driving for 23 months.