A motorcycle rider pleaded guilty in Summary Court Wednesday to eight offenses after being arrested over the weekend. The rider had been intercepted by police after being followed by the police helicopter.
Alvin Shaquille Ebanks, 21, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, riding without insurance, riding without being qualified, resisting a police officer and handling stolen goods.
Mr. Ebanks also pleaded guilty to using a motorcycle without a certificate of roadworthiness, failing to display a license plate and failing to comply with signals given by a constable.
In a press release issued Tuesday, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service said police responded on Saturday to a report of two motorbike drivers riding erratically and doing stunts on a public road.
The riders were headed in the direction of West Bay on the Esterley Tibbetts Highway when the police helicopter located them and signaled for them to stop. The riders separated, and the helicopter followed one of them.
That rider was eventually intercepted by patrol officers who signaled with lights and sirens for him to stop. He continued driving and was observed using his mobile phone while operating the bike, police said.
He eventually abandoned the motorcycle in the Boatswains Bay area of West Bay and ran into a nearby store. Officers later went inside the store and arrested the rider, according to the RCIPS press release.
The motorcycle was later recovered by police and found to have been stolen in August 2018.
The court heard Wednesday that Mr. Ebanks has several prior convictions on his record.
Defense attorney John Furniss said that Mr. Ebanks requested bail because he has a young child at home that requires his supervision.
Magistrate Valdis Foldats denied bail and said he had zero confidence that Mr. Ebanks would abide by the bail conditions or refrain from further criminal conduct.
Mr. Foldats also said Mr. Ebanks’s behavior demonstrated “absolute disrespect and disregard for authority and safety of the public.”
Mr. Ebanks is expected back in court for sentencing on Dec. 12.