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Wednesday, 01 July 2015

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Over-the-limit Barrow motorcyclist had young passenger

A MOTORCYCLIST sped through Barrow while twice the drink drive limit with a young pillion passenger who wasn’t wearing a helmet.

Magistrates in Barrow heard Simon James Kendall, 45, of South Row, Barrow, had pleaded guilty to charges of drink driving and dangerous driving.

Kendall, a former Barrow rugby player, had been seen by police outside a property in Salthouse Road, Barrow, on the night of November 30, talking with a large group of youths and repeatedly revving the engine of his Honda motorbike.

Police had already been watching the group as they appeared to be “getting out of hand”.

A youth without a helmet then hopped onto the back of Kendall’s bike before it sped off.

A police patrol vehicle followed Kendall and his pillion passenger, only to lose sight of them when the bike began accelerating around corners.

After losing sight of the motorbike police were able to keep on top of its movements due to the extremely loud noise it was making.

When the bike emerged around a corner near to the police they used their torches and hand signals in an attempt to make Kendall stop, as he “swerved and wobbled unsteadily across the road.’’

The court heard Kendall refused to slow down and rode directly towards one of the officers, clipping the officer as he went past and cutting his hand. It was shortly after this that Kendall stopped and the police were able to make an arrest. The youth initially fled the scene.

When the officers identified themselves, Kendall made offensive remarks, shouting that he did not care who they were.

After a breath test was taken he was found to have 75 microgrammes of alcohol in 100mg of breath, more than double the 35mg limit.

Mr Trystan Roberts, defending, argued that stress and various pain medications were behind Kendall’s “out of character” actions.

It was also noted that Kendall had apologised to the police officers once he composed himself, and said he had not meant to drive at the officer he had struck. District Judge Gerald Chalk committed the case to Preston Crown Court for sentencing on January 17.

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