A banned driver who crashed a stolen motorbike has been jailed for eighteen weeks.
Steven Sheehan from Barmouth suffered serious leg and foot injuries when the motorcycle collided with an Audi A3 car on the A496 near Talybont in April.
Sheehan (28) pleaded guilty to several charges, including taking the motorbike without the owner’s consent, driving while disqualified, failing to provide a blood sample for analysis and driving without due care and attention.
Caernarfon magistrates court heard a probation officer noted Sheehan did not ‘learn from his mistakes’, having previously been convicted twice for drink driving.
The motorbike, which belonged to a mechanic employed by his father, was kept at a workshop and due to undergo restoration work.
The defence said Sheehan, who appeared in a wheelchair had apologised to both the bike’s owner and the driver of the Audi and had pledged to pay for the damage caused to both vehicles. But the court rejected a plea for a suspended sentence.
Sheehan was banned from driving for another three-and-a-half years and ordered to pay £122 when he’s released from prison.
After sentencing, Sergeant Raymond Williams from the Roads Policing Unit said: ”Sheehan showed a complete disregard to the courts who had previously disqualified him from driving. Although he was seriously injured, it is only by pure luck that this wasn’t a fatal road traffic collision.”
”We all believe passionately in catching those who are prepared to risk lives and we will continue to pursue those who cause the greatest harm in order to make our roads safer for all.”
”Drivers who do not hold a licence and are uninsured pose a significant danger to other road users. We hope this sends out a clear message to people who continually flout motoring laws that they face the prospect of custodial sentences, rather than just losing their driving licence.”