Brighton and Hove News » Police swoop down on e-scooter driver who failed to appear in court

Police moved in to arrest a man who failed to appear in court to face charges of driving an electric scooter while high on cocaine.

Daniel Payne, 33, was spotted walking along Stanford Avenue around 6.30pm on Friday, just days after his due date at Brighton Magistrates Court.

Payne, of Stoneleigh Avenue, was arrested and put in a police van before being arraigned the next morning.

He pleaded guilty to three counts relating to his driving the electric scooter in London Road on November 24, 2021 – one of him driving it on a public road while over the specified drug limit, using a vehicle motorized on a road without insurance and without a licence.

He pleaded guilty to all three counts and was banned from driving for 12 months, fined £120 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £36 and costs of £85.

On Friday, another man, Thomas Matthias, 27, also pleaded not guilty to charges related to the electric scooters.

Matthias was caught driving a Pure Electric scooter down Sillwood Street, around the corner from his house in Sillwood Place, in June last year.

He appeared at Brighton Magistrates Court where he admitted driving without insurance or a valid licence.

Matthias was fined £120 and fined £34 and costs £110. Six points were also added to his driver’s license.

Court records do not indicate whether either defendant drove him on the sidewalk or on the road. However, it is currently illegal to ride scooters anywhere except on private land in most parts of the UK.

The only exceptions are where trials of e-scooter rental systems are underway, where riding a private scooter on public land is still against the law.

Earnest L. Veasey