Banned moped who tried to outrun police helicopter is sent back to jail
Kyle Michael Evans, who was jailed last year for what a judge described as one of the worst bits of driving he’s ever seen, had only been out of jail for a few weeks when he stole the 125cc bike before leading the police on a chase.
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The Keeway Cityblade had been chained up at Brierley on the afternoon of May 4 when Evans used a pair of bolt cutters to free the bike before setting off.
Continuing at Leeds Crown Court, Jonathan Foy said officers noticed Evans, 21, wandering erratically towards Hemsworth town center shortly before midnight the same day.
He wore no helmet, crossed the road and reached speeds of up to 63 mph on 30 mph roads.
Mr Foy said Evans was clearly aware that the police were behind him as he continued to check over his shoulder the vehicle pursuing him.
When he reached Hemsworth he was still traveling over 50mph so traffic officers pulled out and the police helicopter was scrambled.
Evans then abandoned the moped and officers pursued it on foot before eventually finding it hiding in a garden.
He had thrown away a pair of gloves, and the bolt cutters were found hidden under the seat of the stolen moped.
Evans said nothing in his police interview, but admitted charges of taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent, equipped theft, driving while prohibited and without insurance at an earlier trial court hearing. instance of Leeds.
Evans, of Tombbridge Crescent, Kinsley, had been jailed for 25 months in April last year for two counts of dangerous driving, including driving on a playground where children were playing. Click here to read this story. He was also banned from driving for five years.
He was released on license before half his sentence before stealing the moped.
Mitigating, James Holding told the court that Evans had a child with his partner who is now expecting another.
He said: “He knows a custodial sentence is inevitable. He is remorseful for his actions and knows that if he continues to offend he will increasingly miss the lives of his children.
“He’s young and has plenty of time to turn his life around, if he wants to.
“He doesn’t excuse his behavior, the only reason he left is because he was disqualified and would be in trouble.”
The judge, Recorder Gurdial Singh, handed him a new 14-month jail term at a young offenders institute and imposed a 21-month driving ban on him, to run concurrently with his existing driving ban. He won’t be legally allowed to drive until at least March 2027.
He told Evans: “This is yet another dangerous driving offense and was committed so soon after you were released for identical offences.
“You clearly haven’t learned your lesson. There’s only one sentence, and it’s a custodial sentence.”