A BIKER has been jailed for ten months and banned from the road for more than two years after speeding away from police and smashing into the Shepherd and Flock roundabout, seriously injuring himself in the process.
Guildford Crown Court heard on Monday that Asher Nelson, 22, of The Chantrys, Farnham, had ridden an uninsured and untaxed Honda VFR motorbike at speeds of more than 114mph while disqualified and under the influence of drugs.
He had also changed the number plate of his bike to evade police – but ironically it was this that brought him to the attention of officers.
A patrol car spotted Nelson’s motorbike in Farnborough just after midnight on November 7 last year, and attempted to stop it after the registration came back as ‘no trace’.
However, Nelson made off towards Farnham, reaching speeds in excess of 114mph, through residential roads.
Officers lost sight of the bike as it arrived on the outskirts of Farnham at Upper Weybourne Lane. But minutes later, a second police car spotted the motorbike in Weybourne Road.
Shortly afterwards it was reported the rider and motorcycle had crashed into the Shepherd and Flock roundabout, damaging a metal and concrete barrier.
Nelson was taken to hospital with “life-changing” injuries.
He was later interviewed under caution on suspicion of dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, driving under the influence of drugs, failing to stop, driving with no insurance or tax, and forging his number plate.
And Nelson pleaded guilty to all seven charges at Guildford Magistrates’ Court on June 4, 2021 – before heading to the Crown Court on Monday this week for sentencing.
Detective Constable Rick Edwards, who investigated the case, said: “Not only did Nelson drive at excessively high speed, putting the lives of other road users at risk, he also did so knowing that he had no licence, tax or insurance.”
“Unfortunately, he has also been left with a life-changing leg injury as a result of his reckless behaviour and will face the next few months in prison.
“I hope this case highlights how determined we are to ensure reckless and irresponsible road users are brought to justice and held accountable for their actions in order to keep the county’s roads safe for others.”