Man falls off a stolen moped in police chase

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A MAN who sped away from police on a stolen moped ended up unconscious after falling off it on a Preston street, a court has heard.

Isaac Lee Smith, 18, of Waldon Street, Callon, Preston, claimed he had bought the moped for £50 for his 18th birthday from a friend - but knew it had been stolen.

Prosecuting at Preston Magistrates’ Court, Tracy Yates said officers had seen the defendant “weaving” along Miller Road, Ribbleton, Preston, at around 8.20pm on December 8.

She said: “A check revealed there was no current owner or insurance. Further patrols were requested.

“As it approached the junction of New Hall Lane and Ringway a marked car pulled behind it. The officer illuminated his lights near the junction with Church Street.

“He made off at speed and officers lost sight of it.”

As other police cars joined the chase the defendant turned around to look and officers signalled for him to stop, the court was told, but he did not.

She added: “ He approached North Road and Tithebarn Street. He slowed down for red traffic lights but went through them.”

Smith fell off the moped on Church Street, smashing his helmet with the force. He was found in possession of cannabis when arrested.

Defending, Natalie McKenzie said he was apologetic and had “panicked” because he knew it was stolen.

He pleaded guilty to receiving stolen goods, using a vehicle without insurance or a licence, driving without due care, possessing cannabis, and failing to stop.

The court ordered him to do 80 hours unpaid work, banned him for six months and ordered him to pay a £60 surcharge and £85 costs.