The brakes were pulled on an 18-year-old, as he was remanded to prison for the next 28-days at least, after he took police on a chase of his Toyota Levin through The City yesterday.
“Stop this foolishness of endangering people’s lives with this behaviour,” Magistrate Graveney Bannister told Mateo Dominik Menal who moments before pleaded guilty to ten traffic violations.
The teen, from Seclusion Gardens, Grazettes, St Michael, admitted that he drove the motorcar with the registration number MZ233 to the front and XD303 to the rear on November 14 while on Tudor Street.
“Is that a combination car? That is bizarre,” Magistrate Bannister said, as he asked Menal to state which number was legally his.
“None of the two . . . I took them off cars I bought previously,” the young painter stated.
The magistrate replied: “That is quite clever and calculated”.
Menal then further admitted he had no registration, no insurance, no licence, fraudulently used the two plates, failed to comply with a traffic stop sign, failed to comply with the instructions of a uniformed police officer, failed to comply with the siren and beacon while on Broad Street and dangerous driving.
“This sounds like a chase to me,” Magistrate Bannister said even before he had heard the facts of the case from Sergeant Vernon Waithe.
Menal explained that he was “hustling, trying to get to work. I was working from home and Wildey . . . I had a job to do on a car . . . that had to be given back the same day”.
Magistrate Bannister replied: “You are reckless for an 18-year-old,” to which Menal responded: “I was not thinking, sir.”
Prosecutor Waithe disclosed that police were on Board Street conducting traffic checks when Menal turned on to Broad Street without stopping at the major stop. He was given the signal by police officers to stop but instead increased his speed turning left onto Prince William & Henry Street, drove through the traffic lights at the junction of Swan Street and Lucas Street and sped past Central Police Station on Coleridge Street. He then drove up to the traffic lights and turned onto Country Road, made a left onto Laundry Road, exited the vehicle and ran between a number of houses before he was caught by lawmen.
“This is foolishness!” the magistrate told the young man who admitted that he was kicked out of school at the age of 16 with no qualifications.
“You get kicked out . . . and get involved in a life of crime . . . and you hear about this poor black man cry . . . You are marginalizing yourself,” Bannister said as he chastised the youth for his behaviour on the road and putting other road users at risk.
The judicial official then ordered a presentencing report into the teen’s life. That report which will be prepared by the Probation Department is expected on January 25.
However, Menal will make his next appearance before Magistrate Bannister in the District ‘A’ Traffic Court on December 13.