A reckless learner biker has been disqualified – just weeks after breaking his back in a “dangerous” crash.
Matthew Christie was caught driving his Yamaha 125cc in Carey Park, Northwich after drinking with his friends on June 8.
But shortly after he was arrested, the 20-year-old was involved in a serious accident – breaking his back and suffering a brain haemorrhage.
Christie, of Barnton in Northwich, was disqualified from driving for 16 months during a hearing at Chester Magistrates Court on Monday.
But the apprentice, who appeared in the dock in a back brace, said his biking days were “behind him” following the incident which his solicitor described as “extremely dangerous”.
Christie, who is currently off work due to his injuries, pleaded guilty to: drink driving; failing to wear a helmet; driving a vehicle on a footpath; and driving with a pillion passenger – which is against provisional licence regulations.
He was arrested after being spotted by police driving the bike with one of his friends on the back around paths in the park area, the court heard.
At the time of his arrest he had 99mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood.
“He thought it would be fun to go up and down the path. He didn’t think he was on public land,” said Chris Johnson, defending. “His motorcycling days are over. He broke his back and got a bleed on the brain.”
Christie, who was in breach of a suspended sentence for a battery offence, was made subject to a 16 week curfew by Chester magistrates, was disqualified from driving for 16 months and fined £110 for the drink driving offence.
He was fined an additional £36 for driving against the conditions of his licence, ordered to pay £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £25.
The curfew will run between 7pm-7am for 16 weeks.