THE mother of a Sheffield teenager caught riding a mini motorbike and a scooter by police - when he was already banned from the roads - wept as he was sent to prison for the first time.
Andrew Beech, aged 18, was locked up for eight months by a judge at Sheffield Crown Court after he admitted two charges of driving while disqualified, breaching a court order for previous dangerous driving, and possessing heroin, crack cocaine and cannabis.
Jailing Beech, Judge Roger Keen QC told him: “Whilst subject to a youth rehabilitation order you committed an offence of dangerous driving on a motorbike.
“You were given a suspended sentence and disqualified, and within a very short time you were out on the public streets again, first on a mini motorbike and then on a scooter.
“You were also in possession of drugs and, whilst on bail, police found you in possession of cannabis.
“In my judgement the time has come for you to receive a custodial sentence.”
David Wain, prosecuting, said Beech was sentenced for dangerous driving after police were called to Woolley Wood Road in Shiregreen to reports of a motorbike being ridden at 50 to 60mph across footpaths.
The police helicopter was deployed and followed Beechfrom the sky for 30 minutes as he sped around Shiregreen, before he eventually abandoned the bike in Woolley Woods.
He was given a suspended jail term and told if he committed any other offences he would go to jail.
But, just four months later, on August 3, officers spotted him on Bellhouse Road riding first a mini motorbike and then a scooter.
When he was arrested police searched his home and found crack cocaine and heroin in a coat pocket. And while on bail for those offences he was caught in possession of cannabis.
Beech, of Sicey Avenue, Shiregreen, Sheffield, admitted all the offences.
Alison Dorrell, defending, said he was ‘immature’ and was ‘effectively caught in the act’. Judge Keen told him he must serve four months of the suspended sentence, four months for the driving offences, and a month concurrently for the drugs charges. He was also banned from driving for three years.