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Wheeeeeelchair; Driver banned after being caught on CCTV pulling man along road using car.

Byline: AMY MURPHY reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk

A MOTORIST has been banned from driving after pulling a man along a road in a wheelchair behind his car.

Michael Ward, 20, pled guilty to dangerous driving when he appeared in the dock.

Wheelchair user William MacPherson was fined after he admitted holding on to the car to be pulled along.

Police said Ward was caught on CCTV talking to 28-year-old MacPherson outside a bar in Harrogate, Yorkshire, just after midnight on January 28.

The footage then shows Ward driving along a road as MacPherson holds on to the car while in the wheelchair.

The vehicle pulls the wheelchair along a number of streets before coming to a stop outside a McDonald's.

Ward and MacPherson appeared at Harrogate Magistrates' Court. Ward, of Harrogate, was banned from driving for 20 months, ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work, fined PS85 costs and told to pay an PS85 victim surcharge.

MacPherson, of Harrogate, was fined PS154 and ordered to pay PS30 costs and PS30 victim surcharge after he pled guilty to holding on to a vehicle for the purpose of being drawn.

Traffic Constable Rob Roberts, of Harrogate's road policing team, said: "Ward and MacPherson acted selfishly that night.

"They paid no regard to the safety of other road users or pedestrians and chose to act in a dangerous manner.

"I hope the sentence teaches a lesson to both them, and others, that reckless behaviour will not be tolerated on our roads."

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DANGEROUS Police slammed the driver and the man in the wheelchair for their antics

FREEWHEELER The wheelchair user lets go of the car and travels along the road at speed

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Date:Aug 5, 2017
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