Teenager goes on motorbike rampage through Ballymena town centre in bid to escape from police

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The Broughshane Street area of Ballymena.

A teenager without a helmet rode a motorbike without lights illuminated on a footpath and also the wrong way down a one-way street in Ballymena town centre in a bid to escape from police.

Jordin Ardle (18), whose address was given as Cullybackey Road in Ahoghill, committed offences on a ‘pit bike’ at 12.30am on October 24 last year.

He pleaded guilty to six charges including dangerous driving at Trostan Avenue, no insurance, failing to stop for police, a licence offence, failure to wear a helmet at Parkway and failing to have lights illuminated after sunset.

At Ballymena Magistrates Court on January 10 it was also heard the bike did not have a registration plate.

The defendant failed to stop for police in the Tardree Grove area and as officers followed, the driver mounted a footpath and drove against the flow of traffic at Broughshane Street.

Eventually he abandoned the bike and ran off but was caught.

Defence barrister Chris Sherrard said the defendant bought the bike and was intending to drive it lawfully and whenever he encountered the police there was a pursuit.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said the incident was “very poor to say the least” but he took into account his guilty plea; youth and clear record.

The defendant was ordered to do 80 hours of Community Service; was banned from driving for a year and fined £100.

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