RIDING a stand-on motorised “toy” scooter landed a banned driver with a 12-week suspended jail sentence and a conviction for driving while disqualified.
Roman Tyrakowski (24), of Crocus Walk, Spalding, was banned from driving for three years by Spalding magistrates in July.
The driving ban covers all “mechanically propelled vehicles”, but Tyrakowski didn’t realise he was breaking the law when he rode a Patmont Motor Werks California Go-Ped in Spalding’s Hall Place on September 23, the court was told.
Prosecutor Daniel Paulson said police were called at 7.45pm to investigate anti-social behaviour when a group of men had motorised vehicles in the pedestrian area.
He said one of the men was Tyrakowski and he was riding a Go-Ped.
As well as driving while disqualified, Tyrakowski had no insurance and failed to wear protective headgear.
Mr Paulson said Tyrakowski was given a formal notice to leave the Hall Place area – under Section 27 of the Crime and Reduction Act – for a period of eight hours, but was again seen in the area within a few hours.
Solicitor Mike Alexander said magistrates elsewhere had decided a Go-Ped was not a mechanically propelled vehicle, but that decision was overruled by a higher court and he had advised Tyrakowski to plead guilty. He said the scooter was effectively a metal bar with a small set of wheels and a small motor.
Mr Alexander continued: “This gentleman had made these scooters himself and he made some scooters in the past when he was in Poland. As far as he was concerned, it was entertainment and a toy.”
In interview, Tyrakowski told police: “I didn’t think I was committing an offence.”
As well as the 12-week prison sentence, which is suspended for a year, Tyrakowski must serve a four-week curfew and remain at his home between 7pm and 7am each day.
Magistrates also gave Tyrakowski an 18-month ban, to run alongside his existing ban, and ordered him to pay £85 towards prosecution costs.
Tyrakowski was given no separate penalties on the other matters to which he pleaded guilty.
Presiding magistrate Jo Sunner told Tyrakowski: “I will remind you that you must not drive any motor vehicle in this country. Make sure you learn your lesson, sir, you have been flouting the law.”