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West Watford man, Brian Pollard, caught riding stolen motorbike avoids jail
A young man from West Watford narrowly avoided going to jail on Friday after a court heard how he was caught riding a stolen motorcycle.
Instead, Brian Pollard was told the sentence on him would be deferred for six months to see if he could keep his nose clean and get a job.
The 20-year-old appeared at St Albans Crown Court for sentence for driving while disqualified, driving with no insurance, failing to stop when requested and taking without consent.
He was also in breach of a suspended six month sentence handed to him at the same court last October for possessing Class A drugs.
David Chrimes prosecuting told how in June of this year a 125cc motorcycle was taken from outside the owner's home in Garston Lane, Watford.
It was reported missing to the police and on July 25 a woman officer on duty in Watford saw a motorcycle being ridden in an area of the town known for drug dealing.
When checks revealed that the machine was the one stolen from Garston Lane she tried to get the rider, whose face was hidden behind a crash helmet, to stop but he didn't and rode off.
However, a short while later the motorcycle was found abandoned.
Mr Chrimes said the defendant's finger print was subsequently found on the petrol tank and he was arrested.
He made a full and frank admission to police telling them he had been riding it that day.
Pollard, of Marsworth Close, said the machine had been abandoned on an estate in Watford and he had managed to get it going by hot wiring it.
He said when the officer had tried to stop him, he had been using it to ride into the centre of Watford and had panicked and not stopped.
The court was told that in October of last year Pollard got a 12 month prison sentence suspended for 18 months for possessing wraps of cocaine and in February of this year he had been disqualified from driving for 18 months.
Victoria Morgan defending said Pollard's offending started following the break up of his parents marriage back in 2011.
Judge Andrew Bright QC decided to defer sentence on Pollard for six months. The judge told him during that time he would be under the supervision of a probation officer and he hoped that he could also find a job.
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