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Man denies driving motorbike while under the influence

A TWENTY seven year old man charged with driving a motorcycle dangerously in Lerwick while unfit through drink or drugs has been denied bail after appearing in court.

Representing himself, Grant Huntington, of 18 Sandside, Mossbank, pleaded not guilty to the charges when he appeared from custody at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Monday.

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He is alleged to have taken a motorcycle without the owner’s consent from an address at the town’s King Haakon Street on Friday.

Huntington is charged with dangerously failing to slow or give way at the junction between Burgh Road and Scalloway Road, emerging from the junction at excessive speed, driving into the opposing carriageway into the face of an oncoming vehicle which had to perform an emergency stop to avoid colliding with him.

He is then said to have collided with the pavement, coming off the motorcycle and rendering himself unconscious. The charge sheet also states that he was not wearing protective headgear.

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It is alleged that Huntington drove the motorcycle in various parts of Lerwick while unfit through drink or drugs, while disqualified from holding a licence and without any insurance.

He is further charged with failing to cooperate with a preliminary breath test and refusing to provide a blood specimen to ascertain his ability to drive at the Gilbert Bain Hospital.

Finally, Huntington is charged with behaving in a threatening or abusive manner at the Gilbert Bain on Friday and Saturday by shouting, swearing and threatening violence to police officers and their children.

He was refused bail and remanded in custody until the matter goes to trial on 23 June, with an intermediate diet via video link on 21 June.

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