E-scooter rider who hit woman while dodging police in Bexhill jailed

An e-scooter driver who crashed into a pensioner while fleeing police has been taken to jail.

Paul Satchell had been warned to stop by two officers who spotted him on the scooter in Watermill Lane, Bexhill, just before midday on 1st December 2020.

Ignoring them, Satchell turned from the police and rode off.

The 58-year-old drove at high speed while looking at officers behind him.

The Argus: The Scooter by SatchellThe scooter used by Satchell

But he slammed into Myra Wood, 79, who was crossing the street.

She was knocked over and suffered “serious injuries” including a broken eye socket.

Satchell was also thrown from his scooter but was unhurt.

The two police officers arrested Satchell and administered first aid to Mrs. Wood.

Satchell, who has no fixed address, was charged with causing serious injuries by driving dangerously.

He was sentenced to 16 months in prison at Lewes Crown Court on September 9 this year.

In addition, his driver’s license was revoked for a further three years and eight months.

The Argus: The moment he knocked the woman overThe moment he knocked the woman over

Myra Wood, who was 77 at the time, agreed the footage is being shared online to warn people of the dangers e-scooters can send to others.

E-scooters are not allowed to drive on sidewalks and streets.

Collision unit investigator Chris McGuckin said after the case: “This was a particularly unusual case as it involved an electric scooter.

“We could only charge Satchell if it was established that the e-scooter is a ‘vehicle’ within the meaning of the Road Traffic Act.

“Satchell initially pleaded not guilty to the charges and the matter was sent to the Crown Court for trial.

The Argus: Paul SatchellPaul Satchel

“But he failed to appear in court several times. Arrest warrants were issued against him. When he was arrested and appeared in court, the evidence was so strong that he had no choice but to change his plea to guilty.

“We are delighted that we have finally been able to do justice to Ms. Wood’s 16-month sentence.

“The case shows that all road users have an obligation to be vigilant and watch out for other road users in order to avoid serious damage.

“It also shows the damage e-scooters can cause, which are still illegal to use in public outside of a proving ground.”

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