A drug driving motorcyclist who caused a crash in which he himself was seriously hurt has been jailed.
Roger William Ingham took off at what was described as a ridiculous speed, overtook a vehicle in front and crashed into an on-coming car.
He was thrown from the machine and ended up in hospital at Stoke with multiple injuries.
Ingham, 51, admitted drug driving, having no insurance, no MOT, a driving licence offence , the fraudulent use of number plates and possessing a small amount of heroin following an incident on the B5606 at Ruabon, near Wrexham, in April.
At North East Wales Magistrates’ Court at Mold, he was jailed for 20 weeks and banned from driving for 51 months – meaning he will have a four year disqualification on his release.
District Judge Gwyn Jones said he would have made a destruction order in respect of the cloned motorcycle but for the fact it had been scrapped.
The judge said the defendant, of Crane Street in Cefn Mawr near Wrexham, was significantly impacted by controlled drugs at the time.
While he had been seriously injured himself the trauma he had caused others could not be underestimated.
Prosecutor Rhian Jackson said that at 4pm on April 6 a witness saw Ingham in his mirror overtake two vehicles and pull in behind him.
But he then pulled out to overtake again directly into the path of an oncoming Astra.
A witness said Ingham had been Travelling at a ridiculous speed and feared he would kill himself.
Another said the manner of his driving had been horrendous.
The Astra driver was still suffering both mentally and physically and it had affected her confidence as a driver.
Ingham was taken to hospital and blood was taken from him after 10pm which showed a level of 630 microgrammes of benzoylecgonine compared to the legal limit of 35.
The number plates on the motorcycle were false.
Mrs Jackson said the owner of the motorcycle with the genuine number plate had been contacted by an insurance company because it was wrongly believed he had caused a serious injury road collision.
But his “pride and joy” was still in his garage and he was clearly not involved.
Interviewed, the defendant said he had the motorcycle for 10 weeks as a track bike and had not intended to use it on the road.
He had no idea the number plates, which he transferred from another machine, were not genuine.
That day he received a call from Wrexham Maelor Hospital to say a friend did not have long to live.
He arranged a lift to the hospital but the car broke down, so he rode there without incident.
He rode home and was not in a good way due to his friend’s condition.
Ingham said he overtook some cars and was unable to avoid the car in time.
Previous road ban
In Stoke Hospital he was found to have broken 14 ribs, he had a punctured lung and internal bleeding, a broken collar bone and plates had to be inserted to repair a broken ankle.
Ingham had previous convictions for 105 offences although his last conviction was in 2012.
In 1996 he had been jailed for dangerous driving and received a three year driving ban – and until he passed an extended driving test.
Defending solicitor Patrick Geddes said his client was not in good health.
There had been a change in his personality since the crash, and other health issues were now being investigated.
He had ridden the motorcycle to the hospital without thinking of the consequences.
His client had admitted everything to the police and had not been in trouble for six years.
“He has been sent to prison many times in the past and that has not changed anything,” he said.
Mr Geddes suggested a suspended prison sentence with drugs rehabilitation to help him get his life back on track.
Source : DailyPost