Lawmen were patrolling Holetown Road, St James last Friday when they spotted a man who was later identified as 22-year-old Jai-quan Dimitri Maynard riding a motorcycle.
At first glance there was nothing suspicious about the Bawden, St Andrew resident until his action of constantly looking back at the police vehicle placed him on the lawmen’s radar.
Riding in a northern direction Maynard turned right onto Trents Road, St James and police followed activating their beacon and siren. That caused the accused to speed up and overtake another vehicle. But as he tried to turn onto Trents Tenantry, he lost control of the motorcycle due to wet conditions and fell. As police exited their vehicle Maynard got up and began to run towards Highway One but he was pursued and apprehended.
In his possession was a transparent bag containing vegetable matter. A further search revealed he had no driver’s licence or registration, the number plates were fraudulent, there was no rear number plate and he failed to stop at the sound of a siren. A search was later conducted at his residence and a greaseproof wrapping containing more vegetable matter suspected to be cannabis was found. Prosecutor Sergeant St Clair Phillips outlined the facts after Maynard pleaded guilty to the offences before Magistrate Douglas Frederick over the weekend in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court.
After hearing from him the magistrate imposed a combined $1,100 fine which Maynard must pay in one week or spend a month in prison. He was reprimanded and discharged on four traffic offences and placed on a bond for nine months on the cannabis charge. If he breaches the order he will have to pay the court a $1,500 forthwith fine or spend three months in prison. No conviction will be recorded against him if he completes the bond successfully.