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Police in Derry catch moped driver after bike he was 'test driving' fails to get up hill
10 Aug 2018
AN 18-year-old Derry man has been convicted of a number of motoring offences after claiming he was ‘test driving’ a moped after being chased by police. Patrick Harkin, of Ferndale Road in Derry, admitted a series of offences that occurred on April 11 including driving while disqualified and having no insurance. The court heard that a police patrol saw Harkin on a moped driving along the pavement with no crash helmet and his face obscured by a scarf. The officers gave chase after the moped and saw Harkin trying to get up a steep incline. However, the vehicle failed to climb the incline and came back down, after which police identified the defendant. Defence solicitor Maoliosa Barr said his client was test driving a bike that was for sale. Harking was sentenced to 12 months’ probation, 60 hours community service, disqualified for two months and fined £75.
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