A MOTORCYCLIST was thrown from his bike while doing twice the speed limit in a bid to get away from the police.
David Lindsay overtook vehicles and narrowly missed colliding with a limousine before being flung from the Yamaha he was riding on July 2.
A judge said it was through “sheer good fortune” there was no loss of life as a result of the 32-year-old’s bad riding.
Prosecutor Simon Worthy told Newcastle Crown Court that Lindsay shot off when officers spotted him travelling fast along Ayton Road, Washington.
“The police officers saw a cloud of smoke and dust rising in the air.”
Lindsay came off the bike and ran, but was arrested nearby.
He admitted he had been taking his pal’s bike for a test drive and panicked when he saw the police.
He confessed to officers he had been “stupid” and that he had never had any formal riding lessons.
Lindsay admitted dangerous driving, having no licence and no insurance.
Mr Recorder Robin Mairs sentenced Lindsay, of Lancercost, Washington, to a 12-month community order with 150 hours’ unpaid work and a three-month night time curfew.
He was also banned from driving for 18 months.