Crash motorcyclist sent to jail

A motorbike rider, who left a 12-year-old passenger seriously injured after crashing into a car while dangerously overtaking, has been jailed for three years.

Martin Charles left the scene following the collision on a stolen bike in Daisy Street, Coseley, at just before 6pm on 6 August this year.

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The 30-year-old was identified as the prime suspect and he was traced to a hospital where he was receiving treatment for leg injuries which were not as serious as his passenger. 

He was charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving, having no licence or insurance and failing to stop at the scene.

Charles, of Fereday Street, Tipton, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years in jail and banned from driving for four years at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

The boy remains in hospital with life changing head injuries.

Sgt Alan Wood, from the Collision Investigation Unit at West Midlands Police, said: “His riding was dangerous in simply allowing the boy to be on the motorbike in incorrect clothing… never mind riding in the manner that he did.

“The 12-year-old has been left with catastrophic injuries and he still remains in hospital today. Charles ’ behaviour that day was appalling and he rightly now serves time behind bars as a consequence of his unacceptable behaviour.”

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