A New Plymouth motorcyclist with a "horrendous list" of driving convictions, who sped off from police on his Ducati through busy traffic, has been taken off the road for 18 months.
In the New Plymouth District Court yesterday Michael Ian Haw admitted his fifth disqualified driving charge and his second for dangerous driving.
Haw was spotted by police filling up his 1996 red Ducati motorcycle at the BP service station in Powerham St. They attempted to block him from leaving with their patrol car but he drove around them riding at speed up the congested road and through a red light.
In sentencing, Judge Paul Whitehead said Haw had made a clear attempt to evade police.
The judge noted Haw had a "horrendous list" of driving convictions, including five for disqualified driving, five of drink-driving and one of dangerous driving.
Haw had said police were trying to ram him and that was why he tried to get home.
Because Haw's father was ill, the judge allowed Haw an electronically monitored sentence. He received eight months' home detention and was disqualified from driving for 18 months.
- Taranaki Daily News