CCTV Shows Biker Who Had Been On Crime Spree Rammed Into Van
The man, Ashley Wood, was left lying in the road unconscious, having sustained serious injuries in the collision.
The car which knocked him into the van - an orange Fiat Punto - was later found burnt out in a lay-by. The incident took place on 15 June last year, but the driver of the Punto has not been caught or identified.
However, 29-year-old Wood was yesterday sentenced for a series of offences that took place in the minutes prior to the collision, with CCTV footage showing him kicking off car wing mirrors and speeding along pavements.
Wood was also found to be over the drink-drive limit, under the influence of drugs and driving an uninsured motorbike at the time of the collision.
Wood spent the week following the collision in hospital while he received treatment for his injuries, before being charged with dangerous driving, driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, and driving without a licence or insurance.
Yesterday (Thursday), he pleaded guilty to all charges at Nottingham Crown Court, and was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for 18 months. He also received a 12-month driving ban.
Detective Sergeant Scott Riley, from Derbyshire Constabulary's Collision Investigation Unit, said he was pleased Wood had been sentenced for his 'reckless actions'.
He said: "Ashley Wood decided one morning that he was going to ride around on a mini motorbike, kicking the wing mirrors of cars parked across Pinxton.
"It's clear from the CCTV footage that he had no regard for other people's property, or indeed for other people's safety. He rides at speed along pavements and, during the course of our investigations, we discovered he was riding under the influence of drink and drugs.
"The consequences could have been much worse. I'm pleased that he's now been sentenced for his reckless actions and I hope this sends a clear message that we won't tolerate behaviour like this on the streets of Derbyshire."
Detective Riley went on to urge members of the public to come forward if they had any information regarding the driver of the Punto.
He said: "Shortly after he rode around kicking cars, Ashley Wood was pursued by an orange Fiat Punto. CCTV shows the car following him along Victoria Road before ramming him head-on into a parked van.
"The Punto was driven off, leaving Ashley at the scene with a number of extremely serious, but thankfully not life-threatening, injuries.
"We believe that this was a deliberate act, but we still do not know who was driving the Punto.
"Our investigation into that incident is still ongoing and I urge anyone who has information on the person or people responsible to ring us."
If you have any information, call 101 and quote the reference number 18000276164.
Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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