Sanctuary Point man jailed over trail bike adventure

A Sanctuary Point man who injured a police officer after being stopped riding an unregistered and uninsured trail bike with an expired licence has been jailed for three months, disqualified from driving for three years and fined $3700.

Hayden Shane Espagne, 21, pleaded guilty to a variety of charges in Nowra Local Court on Monday, including driving while disqualified, riding a motorbike with an expired licence, not wearing an approved helmet, using an unregistered, uninsured motor vehicle, stating a false name or home address, assaulting police and resisting arrest.

Court papers said about 1.50pm on August 29 police saw Espagne riding a KTM motorcycle on a nature strip in The Park Drive, Sanctuary Point without any number plates on it.

When he saw police he began riding the machine sidesaddle.

Police said Espagne was not wearing an approved helmet at the time and when officers stopped the motorbike, Espagne provided a false name to officers.

It was discovered Espagne had been disqualified from driving in Victoria until March this year and had not renewed his licence.

As officers attempted to arrest Espagne, he started the bike and attempted to ride off.

Court papers said while Espagne was being held by an officer he revved the throttle. He was pulled from the bike as he attempted to ride off.

The unmanned bike ran into an officer, with a handlebar striking him in the leg causing a large laceration which required hospital treatment.

Court papers said Espagne had an extensive driving and criminal record. Magistrate Daphne Kok sentenced him to three months’ jail, disqualified him from driving for three years and fined him $3700.