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Drink-driving joyrider carried pregnant partner on motorcycle to Bourne

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A man took a motorcycle without the owner's consent and rode it home with his partner on the back.

Anthony Taylor, 28, admitted taking the bike, driving it while over the limit, and without insurance, licence or helmet.

His partner, Sarah McCourt, 40, admitted being on the bike and not wearing a helmet.

Boston Magistrates' Court
Boston Magistrates' Court

Now living in a tent in the Pinchbeck area, the couple had been in accommodation at the Wishing Well pub in Bourne.

On Monday (May 30), Boston Magistrates' Court heard that Taylor, with McCourt riding pillion and drinking from a beer bottle, rode away from Love Lane, Spalding at 5pm on May 13 and were pursued by the owner in a friend's van.

They stopped in Acacia Avenue where Taylor said he would hand back the bike if the police were not called. He then drove off and they were later arrested.

Taylor tested positive for alcohol with a reading of 58 microgrammes per 100ml or breath, the legal limit being 35mg.

A pregnant mother-of-four, McCourt had been Taylor's partner for four years.

Magistrates heard Taylor was subject to an 18-month suspended prison sentence for affray imposed in February, and a community order for possession of drugs imposed in October.

Daven Naghen, mitigating for Taylor, said the couple had lost their accommodation in Bourne as a result of the incident and were now living in a tent again.

He said Taylor has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and that had probably influenced his decision-making. He had seen the motorcycle with the keys in it and decided to go for a joyride. He said Taylor offered to hand it back but thought some of the owner's friends were coming to beat him up, so drove to Bourne.

McCourt was fined £80 and ordered to pay court costs and charges totalling £119. Taylor was given an interim driving ban and will be sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court at a later date.

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