Drug driver suffered brain bleeding after crashing motorbike on a speed bump
A drug driver suffered life-changing injuries when he crashed his motorcycle while riding a speed bump.
Uninsured, Gareth Amer, who also only held an expired license, was so excited to be handed the vehicle over by his employers that he immediately took it out for a test drive.
But the 39-year-old was over the cannabis limit at the time and lost control of the bike on a street in Wallsend.
A court heard that Amer had a “front wheel swing” on a speed bump, which caused him to crash to the ground.
He was taken to hospital with serious injuries including brain hemorrhage, skull fractures, a broken neck and wrist, broken ribs and a punctured lung.
A blood sample was taken from Amer, of Blackhill Avenue, Wallsend, when he arrived at the hospital and it then proved to be over the limit for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is a by-product of cannabis.
After finally leaving the hospital two weeks later, Amer was charged with driving over the drug limit, driving without insurance, and driving other than in accordance with a license.
And now he’s been banned from the roads after pleading guilty to all three offenses in a hearing at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
Glenda Beck, who was prosecuting, said police were called to the scene of a single vehicle collision on Addington Drive in Wallsend on August 8 of last year.
Officers then discovered that a Lexmoto Viper had crashed.
Ms Beck continued: “A witness confirmed that he was riding with the accused when he rode over a speed bump, lost control and fell.
“Another witness said he was looking out the window and saw the pilot lose control and fall. There is another witness who says the same thing.
“The accused was taken to the RVI, where he was treated for multiple serious injuries.
“A hospital drug collection procedure was initiated and two blood samples were taken.”
The court heard that because Amer was unconscious when the samples were taken, the police had to wait for him to wake up and get his permission for them to be analyzed.
Defending Mark Harrison said anything the court decided to do to Amer “couldn’t come close” to the injuries he had caused himself.
The lawyer added, “There is the old-fashioned saying about summary justice and this is certainly one of those cases.
“He hasn’t had any relevant previous convictions. The offense goes back some time and he ended up with life-changing injuries.”
Mr Harrison said Amer received the bike as a bonus from his employers and was “so excited” to ride it that he had not paid for the insurance or his expired license.
In addition to being banned from driving for 12 months, Amer was fined £ 180 and paid £ 85 in costs and a victim fine surcharge of £ 34.
District Judge Paul Currer told him, “You were driving at a time when there was still cannabis in your system and it would have some effect on your ability to drive.
“They say the injuries you sustained were serious. You have the court’s sympathy for that and I sincerely hope you get over it.
“You presented a danger to other road users. Fortunately, no one else was injured.”