Show-Off Teen Caught 'Posing Like Jesus Christ' On Motor Scooter

05/04/2013 01:35 | Updated 22 May 2015

A teenage motor scooter rider was caught on camera 'posing like Jesus Christ' while driving to 'show off to his mates'.

The 16-year-old boy stood up and spread his arms out wide in a stunt which 'horrified' magistrates on an A-road.

The youth, who cannot be named, was travelling with a group of friends on the A63 near Selby, North Yorkshire, when he was caught on camera by a mobile police traffic camera.

Niall Carlin, prosecuting at York Magistrates Court today, said: "The photos show the youth standing up, not holding the handlebars and holding his arms out.

"He not only endangered himself, but his whole group of friends and other road users in close vicinity."

The student, who has no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving on the day his trial was due to start.

Chairman of the bench Malcolm Smith asked the teenager: "What on earth were you thinking? What was going through your head at the time?"

The youth, from Leeds, West Yorkshire, replied: "I was showing off to my mates behind me."

Mr Smith remarked: "There would have been no showing off if you would have ended up in the middle of the road with broken limbs.

"As a parent myself, I had a call from the police saying my son had been in a road traffic accident with a motorcycle. Trust me, it is the worst phone call you could ever receive and your dad was so close to getting that phone call."

The teen was disqualified from driving any motor vehicle for 15 months and given a six-month referral order. He was ordered to pay £200 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Traffic Officer Andy Forth, from North Yorkshire Police's mobile safety camera team said after the case: "It was totally irresponsible of him, I couldn't believe it when I captured him on the camera posing like Jesus Christ."


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