Drunk motorcyclist drove without helmet

A motorcyclist was been warned by a magistrate that his behaviour was foolish and dangerous after he was caught by police drink-driving without a helmet.

North East Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court heard, last Monday, how Christopher Vickers, 24, of Eyre Arms, Calver, was caught by police after he was spotted riding with a pillion passenger when neither of them were wearing helmets.

Becky Allsop, prosecuting, said: “Officers spotted a moped with a rider and a female pillion passenger in the early hours of the morning and neither were wearing helmets.

“The officers lost sight of them but came across them after they had parked.”

Vickers informed police officers that he had been drinking in Chesterfield and had got a taxi to Calver, then later took his girlfriend home on the moped.

When police officers breath–tested Vickers he blew 69 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – exceeding the prescribed drink-drive limit, which is 35 microgrammes in 100 millilitres of breath.

He pleaded guilty to the charges of riding a motorcycle without protective head gear and exceeding the drink–drive limit after the incident in November.

John Wilford, defending, said: “He had been out in Chesterfield drinking and had got a taxi there and back.

“He became depressed during the evening and he has a number of health problems.

“Vickers had syringes with him and medication and even though he explained what they were for he had been refused entry to a couple of places.

“He returned back to where he works as a chef and to where he lives in the grounds and got on his moped and was seen and stopped by police.”

Magistrates warned Vickers it had been “foolish” to ride without a helmet.

He was fined £200 and magistrates ordered him to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

The defendant was also disqualified from driving for 17 months.