Motorcyclist tried to outrun police

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A MOTORBIKE rider who tried to outrun police before falling off his bike has been banned for drink driving.

Police in Stowmarket chased Allan Hall after another man claimed he had been hit by the motorcycle which had then ridden off, magistrates heard.

Hall, of Newton Road, Stowmarket, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol, no licence or insurance, and failing to stop for police, when he appeared before Bury St Edmunds magistrates.

Wayne Ablett, prosecuting, said police had been called to another incident in Stowupland Road at 2.25am on New Year’s Day.

“They were approached by a man who said he had been hit by a motorbike which then drove off,” Mr Ablett said.

He said police searched the area and saw a motorcycle. They switched on their blue lights, signalling for the driver to pull over but the motorcyclist drove off.

“Approximately 30 seconds later the male fell off the motorbike on muddy ground. He tried to get up and fell over again in the mud,” Mr Ablett said.

Hall, 21, gave a breathaylser reading of 75 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. He told police he had had four pints and had been driving home when an unknown person jumped out and tried to pull him off his motorcycle.

Hall said he drove off because he knew he was over the drink drive limit, said Mr Ablett.

Hall, who represented himself at Thursday’s hearing, said he had been through ‘emotional struggles’ over the last few years and was attending counselling.

“I can only apologise deeply. I’m desperately trying to turn my life around,” he said. Hall added he hoped to learn from the experience.

Magistrates banned Hall from driving for 20 months, to be reduced to 15 on completion of a rehabilitation course. They also ordered he pay a total of £510 in fines, costs and victim surcharge.