Dad who took son, 2, on mini-moto ride without helmets jailed for breaching Asbo
A 'STUPID' dad who took his two-year-old son on a mini-moto ride while neither of them were wearing helmets has been jailed.
Andrew Eardley was locked up for 12 weeks after breaching his five-year antisocial behaviour order.
One of the requirements of the Asbo, given to him in 2008, was that he must not possess alcohol in a public place.
But North Staffordshire magistrates heard the 25-year-old was found drinking a can of lager in Albermarle Road, Knutton, on September 29.
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Eardley, of Clayton Lane, Newcastle, also admitted a host of other offences during yesterday's hearing at the North Staffordshire Justice Centre.
Among them, he pleaded guilty to using a mini-moto motorcycle without insurance or a test certificate, failing to wear protective head gear and 'using the vehicle in a manner likely to cause danger to a passenger', on July 3.
Eardley admitted his two-year-old son had been on the bike with him and neither were wearing crash helmets.
He told police he did it to 'please' his son and realised it was a stupid thing to do.
Eardley, also admitted receiving a television stolen from Cross Heath Methodist Church between September 15 and September 21.
And he pleaded guilty to speeding on a Honda motorcycle on Church Lane, Knutton, on March 7 last year.
Andrew Bennett, mitigating, said Eardley's lengthy Asbo was due to expire at the end of this month.
He added: "He feels he only has to step on a crack in the pavement and the police are on to him like a tonne of bricks." Mr Bennett said Eardley was foolish and irresponsible to ride the mini-moto with his young son as a passenger.
The solicitor also said his client did not feel able to co-operate with the probation service, and asked for the defendant to be given a short custodial sentence.
Magistrates said they felt it was a shame Eardley did not feel able to cooperate and that they were left with no choice but to send him to prison.
As well as the 12-week jail sentence, Eardley was disqualified from driving for six months.