Bicycling banker leads police on chase through London
A French investment banker has been fined thousands of pounds after leading police on a 20-minute chase to his £2.7m home while on his bike.
Tanneguy Marie De Carné is a senior figure at Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking and raced through red lights as well as riding on packed pavements to try to avoid arrest in central London in March this year.
PC Neil Hossack told City of London Magistrates' Court that De Carné ignored a red light on Mansion House Street and proceeded to cut in front of a marked police car, forcing it to brake.
The cyclist then ignored officers who tried to stop him and raced down a side street full of pedestrians, before cycling "furiously" along a pavement in front of bars and cafes and U-turning when police tried to block his path.
PC Hossack told the court: "As you cycled again on to the footpath, the police officer shouted at you to stop, which you finally did so."
De Carné of St John's Wood, North London, pleaded guilty to dangerous cycling and failing to stop for police. He completed a cycling safety course since the incident earlier this year and was fined a total of £2,250. He was also ordered to pay a £125 victim surcharge and £85 costs.
In mitigation he said: "I panicked. I thought I could continue cycling and I lost control. I am ashamed of what I have done, and it's a humbling experience, and again I am sorry.
"I am fortunate, obviously, that nothing serious happened at that time of evening, and it's been a stressful experience. I stopped as I realised the gravity and the reckless behaviour I was performing, and I spoke with the officers."
The 53-year-old's actions were condemned by cycling charity Cycling UK and chairwoman of the bench, Catherine Hobey-Hamsher, who said: "A reasonable person would have stopped immediately. People do not like cyclists, and you are doing nothing to enhance their reputation."
Written by Jack Healy