A Newcastle man has pleaded guilty to dangerous cycling and being drunk in charge of a pedal cycle after he crashed into a police car.
Riding the wrong way down the sliproad onto the A1, barely able to stay on his bike, Rutherford crashed into the car, which was deliberately positioned there to stop him riding into the path of a lorry.
At Newcastle Magistrates’ Court, Rutherford’s own solicitor described the incident as being like “a scene from a Carry On film”, before her client pleaded guilty.
The solicitor, Victoria Oliver, said Rutherford had been trying to take a shortcut home through the compound when the incident started.
She said: “Unfortunately, he didn’t make it that far in the compound as he was so intoxicated, he couldn’t navigate his way around the equipment in the compound.
“The police arrive and it doesn’t look very good, so he throws his bike over the fence. He gets stuck in the process. It’s a complete and utter shambles - it’s almost like a scene from a Carry On film.”
Rutherford was fined £250, ordered to pay £50 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.
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