Mini Moto rider – two year old child on bike, no helmet
A ‘DANGEROUS’ Mini Moto rider had a child under two without a helmet perched on the bike, sparking fears any accident could have been fatal.
Steven Ford of Elgar Avenue, Malvern, admitted driving dangerously on a bicycle and without a license or insurance when he appeared before Worcester magistrates.
The 34-year-old was on Nightingale Road in Malvern when he walked away from police on September 16 last year, using a cut to get to Mountbatten Road.
Prosecuting Eleanor Peart said a child “about two years old” was seen by a police community support officer “on the handlebars of the Mini Moto”.
However, this was later disputed by the defendant who said the child sat in the seat in front of him.
‘None were wearing helmets,’ said Miss Peart who told the court the motorbike also had no number plate.
“Any slight collision would most likely be fatal,” said Miss Peart.
When he saw the officer, Ford changed direction and headed up Mountbatten Road using a cut. When he was arrested, the accused apologized.
“He made a full admission and said his actions were reckless and stupid,” Miss Peart said.
Ford had a relevant prior conviction for driving without a license or insurance, which resulted in a six-month disqualification.
Ford, representing himself, said, “I know I was wrong. I’m so sorry for what I did.”
When asked how fast he was going, he replied “about 10 mph”. “I know I was stupid to take her on that,” he added.
He said he didn’t drive and didn’t apply for his license. He was interviewed by a probation officer who explained that Ford was “on the spectrum of Down syndrome”.
“There is a certain level of cognitive impairment because of this. He has some learning difficulties that come through in some of the interview responses,” the officer said.
There was no problem with alcohol or drugs, he said.
Magistrates imposed a 12-month community order to include 40 hours of unpaid work. Ford was banned from driving for 12 months.
He was fined £120 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £95 and costs of £185. The defendant’s debt will be deducted from his benefits.
Because of his dangerous driving conviction, he was told he would have to undergo a thorough examination.