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Motorcyclist cops 350 hours

Thursday, 16th May, 2013

A young motorcyclist involved in a high-speed chase has been punished with a long community service order.

Eighteen-year-old Craig O’Neil sped off at the sight of police because he did not have a licence.

Mr O’Neil pleaded guilty to the charge of causing a police pursuit and reckless driving, and yesterday in the Local Court he was sentenced to perform 350 hours of community service.

Magistrate Geoff Dunlevy also disqualified him from driving and warned him that the disqualification applied throughout Australia.

The incident over which he was charged happened in March when Mr O’Neil sped away from a police patrol in Picton Street at about 90 kilometres an hour.

Police called off the chase when he went bush into the regeneration area near the airport. But they had noted the bike’s registration number and also found that Mr O’Neil’s learner’s permit had expired five months earlier.

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