Disqualifed driver spends birthday behind bars

Gary Wing

Gary Wing - Credit: Contributed

A disqualified driver captured after a police chase was put under lock and key the day before his 19th birthday following his third drink-drive related offence.

Gary Wing, of Newnham Court, Ipswich, received 18 weeks in custody after admitting driving while disqualified, failing to provide a breath specimen, having no insurance, and failing to stop for a police officer.

Wing had only been released from a youth offenders’ institution six weeks earlier after being given a previous 18-week sentence.

Ipswich magistrates heard two police officers were in Belmont Road, Chantry, at 1.10am last Wednesday when they saw a Honda motorbike travelling in the opposite direction.

Prosecutor Lesla Small said the bike had no lights on and was weaving from side to side.

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The officers pursued the motorcyclist and as they pulled alongside the rider rode off.

They put their siren on and chased the bike to a dead end where it went on to a grass verge and through a gap in the fence to Woolverstone Close.

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Police pursued on foot. Ms Small said an officer found the Honda at the side of a house in the close, before jumping over a fence into a back garden.

A black training shoe the rider had been wearing and a black crash helmet were found discarded.

The court was told other officers arrived and searched around the junction of Belmont Road and Ellenbrook Green.

Wing was seen to run into Ellenbrook Green, wearing only one trainer, before kicking the other one off as he ran towards and officer.

He was arrested, but refused to take a breath test.

Ms Small said Wing asked if he could call someone to come and collect his bike.

Magistrates heard in May this year the car mechanic had been disqualified from driving for four years and imprisoned for 18 weeks for drink-driving and breaching a previous suspended sentence.

In December 2011 Wing was convicted of other motoring offences including drink-driving, driving while disqualified and dangerous driving.

Jeremy Kendall, representing Wing, said his client accepted he had ridden his motorbike when he should not have done. However, Wing said he was not intoxicated.

Appealing for his client not to be jailed Mr Kendall added: “This is a young man whose 19th birthday is tomorrow and who has got a bad record of offences, and there needs to be an end to this. The two stable pillars he has are his accommodation and work.

“If he loses them I fear for the future in terms of what he’s going to do.”

In addition to his custodial sentence, magistrates banned Wing from driving for five years.

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