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James Govan, from Shildon, also attempted to escape from police following arrest
A THIEF was stopped by police “wobbling all over the place” as he attempted to make a getaway on a stolen quad bike, a court heard.
The quad bike had been stolen earlier from a garage at a farm in Bishopton, near Stockton after the keys were taken from a kitchen.
Prosecutor Colin Harvey told Teesside Crown Court that the quad bike was in convoy with a hatchback vehicle and managed to hit a police car during the incident.
Govan, who received a rib injury as a result, was arrested and taken to hospital. But Mr Harvey said he then made a “feeble attempt” to escape and was found by officers hiding in a car park.
He admitted theft, escape when under lawful arrest, driving a vehicle without reasonable consideration to other road users and failing to supply a breath specimen.
His barrister Rebecca Brown said Govan, who was said to run a business with his partner, had not been in trouble with the police since 2008, although he had a previous criminal record.
Govan, 36, of Holly Hill, Shildon, County Durham, was bailed and the case adjourned in order that a pre-sentence report be prepared on him. He is due back in court on May 27.
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