A biker has been jailed after he put a pensioner in a coma by performing wheelies while on drugs and crashing at a tram stop.
Nicholas Marshall, 24, was one of a large group of off-road bikers who raced through Clifton on October 11, 2020.
Marshall collided with a 71-year-old man after going through a red light on a pedestrian crossing and performing the one-wheel stunt on Southchurch Drive, Clifton.
The pensioner suffered a head injury along with broken ribs and a fractured spine and was in a coma for over a month after the incident.
Marshall was also seriously injured after crashing into a bollard following the collision and required surgery.
Tests found that he was seven times over the legal cannabis threshold for driving at the time of the crash.
Marshall, of Dovenby Road, Clifton, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on Thursday, October 4.
He pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving, drug driving, driving without a licence and driving whilst uninsured.
A judge sentenced him to 16 months in prison and disqualified him from driving for three years and eight months.
Following the sentencing, PC Mark Davey, of Nottinghamshire Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This case should act as a stark warning to anyone who thinks they can recklessly ride an off-road bike on public roads and get away with it.
“Not only did the pedestrian end up in hospital with serious injuries, but so did the defendant.
“Marshall, along with the rest of his group, showed complete disregard for other people that day and he has paid the price, firstly in hospital and now in the courts.
“I hope this sentence sends a message out that this type of antisocial behaviour – and drug driving – can have devastating consequences and will not be tolerated.
“Indeed, incidents like this are why Nottinghamshire Police works so hard to confiscate off-road bikes where they have been used in an antisocial manner. Officers do not seize bikes to be killjoys, they do it to protect the public.”
Police has said that neighbourhood policing teams across the county have also seized a number of illegal bikes as part of a county-wide crackdown in hotspot areas over the past year.
Inspector Karl Thomas, of the City South Neighbourhood Policing Team, which covers Clifton, said: “We know that people riding off-road bikes anti-socially is a real concern in our communities. They are intimidating, a noise nuisance, tear-up grassland and pose a danger.
“We are listening to those concerns and have responded by running a series of operations to target offenders which will continue. We will seize their bikes and take them to court; it won’t be tolerated.”
As well as seizing bikes and prosecuting riders to tackle the issue, Nottinghamshire Police have encouraged off-road bikers to explore areas in which they can legally enjoy their bikes.
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