A MAN has been banned from the roads for towing someone in a wheelchair.

Michael Ward, 20, appeared at Harrogate Magistrates Court last month charged with dangerous driving after he was caught on CCTV pulling a man along a road in Harrogate in a wheelchair.

Mr Ward of Walworth Avenue, Harrogate pleaded guilty on July 20 to dangerous driving on Cheltenham Parade in Harrogate on January 28.

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He was disqualified from driving for 20 months, ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work, fined £85 CPS costs and £85 victim’s surcharge.

At around 12.25a, Ward was seen on CCTV talking to 28-year-old William MacPherson outside of the Moko Lounge Bar, Kings Road in Harrogate.

"Ward proceeded to drive along Kings Road as MacPherson, who was seated in a wheelchair, held on to the back of the car before they became detached," said a North Yorkshire Police spokesman.

"Ward stopped and reversed back to MacPherson who took hold of the vehicle again. They then continued to travel and come to a stop on two other occasions up Cheltenham Parade and Cheltenham Crescent before turning left onto Oxford Street and coming to a stop outside McDonald’s."

MacPherson, of Link Way, Harrogate pleaded guilty at the same hearing to holding onto a vehicle for the purpose of being drawn. He was fined £154 and ordered to pay £30 CPS costs and £30 victim’s surcharge.

TC Rob Roberts of Harrogate’s Road Policing team said: “Ward and Macpherson acted selfishly that night. They paid no regard to the safety of other road users or pedestrians and chose to act in a dangerous manner.

“I hope the sentence that has been handed to them teaches a lesson to both them, and others, that reckless behaviour will not be tolerated on our roads.”