Shocking CCTV footage captured a man recklessly driving around the North Yorkshire town of Harrogate with a man in a wheelchair clinging to the back of his car. After what appeared to just be a fun night on the town, these two men quickly learned that it would soon be their most expensive trip to McDonald’s yet.
Thanks to the CCTV footage, the 20-year-old driver–who is identified as Michael Ward– can be clearly seen dragging William MacPherson around the streets of Harrogate in the early morning of Jan. 28, 2017.
The two men were first spotted talking outside of the Moko Lounge Nightclub at 12.25 a.m. when the incident first occurred. The North Yorkshire Police stated that Ward, 20, can be seen driving along King’s Road with MacPherson—the man in the wheelchair—attached to the back bumper of his car.
Throughout the footage, MacPherson can be seen letting go of the car on several occasions, in which Ward would reverse and let MacPherson grab a hold of the car once again. Eventually, after several stops, the pair finally arrived at their destination—a nearby McDonald’s on Oxford Street.
Appearing before the Harrogate Magistrates’ Court on July 20, 2017, Ward admitted to dangerous driving and has been suspended from driving for 20 months. His punishment doesn’t stop there as he has also been ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and fined £170.
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His friend in the wheelchair didn’t get away scot-free either as MacPherson—also at the hearing—admitted to holding onto a vehicle for the purpose of being drawn. MacPherson suffered the consequence of his actions by receiving a £154 fine and an additional £60 in costs.
Harrogate’s Traffic Constable, Rob Roberts, was not very pleased with the actions of the two men and believed that Ward and MacPherson acted selfishly that night. He stated that the two men “Paid no regard to the safety of other road users or pedestrians and chose to act in a dangerous manner.”
While no one suffered any injuries, Constable Roberts hopes that the sentence that was handed downed will teach the young men—others included—that reckless behavior on our roads will not be tolerated.
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