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Stuart Spence was severely injured after being involved in a collision and was being helped by members of the public before he jumped on the back of his friend’s bike and sped-off

A banned driver got his friend to pick him up from the scene of a serious accident in order to evade arrest.

Stuart Spence was severely injured after being involved in a collision with another vehicle and was being tended to by members of the public while the emergency services arrived.

But, knowing he was disqualified and rather than receive treatment, the 33-year-old phoned his friend and asked him to come and pick him up on his motorbike, a court heard.

Spence then fled the scene of the accident, on Dudley Lane, in Dudley, North Tyneside, but was found nearby after his concerned father shouted at him “I’d rather have a son in prison than a son dead” and rang for an ambulance.

The motor menace, who had two driving while disqualified offences on his record and a dangerous driving offence, was arrested after spending a number of days in hospital and appeared before magistrates in North Tyneside on Thursday.

He pleaded guilty to one count each of driving while disqualified, leaving the scene of an accident and driving with no insurance.

Rebecca Slade, prosecuting, said Spence was behind the wheel of his Honda motorbike on July 2 last year when he was involved in a collision with another car.

“It was a substantial collision that wrote-off both vehicles,” Miss Slade continued. “The defendant was injured and members of the public treated him and rendered him first aid.

“The defendant then contacted an associate, who arrived at the scene on a motorbike and the defendant left the scene as a passenger without leaving details or waiting until the police arrived.”

The court heard that, since the crash, Spence, who has 71 offences on his record, had been given two separate suspended sentences, one for dangerous driving and one for burglary.

Kevin Smallcombe, mitigating, said Spence, of Muswell Hill, in Scotswood, Newcastle, was wanting to go to prison.

He added: “The charges don’t relate to the manner of his driving. He nearly lost his life. He was propelled head-first from his bike through the other vehicle’s window.

“He suffered very serious injuries. The words of his father are quite telling when he arrived at his house. He shouted, ‘Get an ambulance, get an ambulance, I would rather have a son in prison than a son dead’.”

Magistrates gave Spence a third suspended sentence, giving him 18 weeks, suspended for two years.

He was also banned from driving for 18 months and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £95 victim surcharge.

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Huddersfield man Conrad Ayscough was said to have pressured a vulnerable woman into lending him her Peugeot car for a couple of days last June, but instead of returning it he scrapped the vehicle without her knowledge

A prolific criminal with convictions for more than 180 offences has been jailed for 20 months after committing another series of crimes in West Yorkshire.

Huddersfield man Conrad Ayscough was said to have pressured a vulnerable woman into lending him her Peugeot car for a couple of days last June, but instead of returning it he scrapped the vehicle without her knowledge.

Ayscough, who had more than 20 convictions for driving while disqualified, later handled a stolen BMW car and made off in the vehicle on two occasions without paying for petrol.

The 47-year-old admitted theft of the Peugeot and handling the BMW as well as two offences of making off without payment, three offences of driving while disqualified and three allegations of driving without insurance.

Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday that Ayscough was arrested in August after being spotted behind the wheel of a Ford Focus.

In a victim impact statement the woman who owned the Peugeot described how she had difficulty walking too far because of medical condition and she had suffered a lost her independence when the car was taken.

She later told police that it had cost her £1000 to replace the car.

Ayscough’s lawyer Anne-Marie Hutton told the court that her client had been committing the offences at the time when he was acquainted with a woman in Sheffield.

Miss Hutton told Judge John Potter that her client had been in custody since his arrest in August, but if he was given his liberty he did have an offer of accommodation close to his home environment in Huddersfield.

She said his parents were elderly and Ayscough helped to look after his brother.

But Judge Potter described Ayscough’s record of offending as dreadful and said his crimes were self-centred and selfish.

In addition to jailing Ayscough Judge Potter also banned him from driving again for two years.

Huddersfield Examiner

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