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  • "This is all it says in the Queeensland Times:-
    'AN INTERNATIONAL motorcycle speedway champion from Camira has been convicted of fleeing police while drunk and high on marijuana.

    Darcy Stephen Ward, 20, made headlines when charged and later cleared of three counts of sexual assault in Dorset, England, following a speedway event in August 2011. Ward, who is based in the UK and has contracts in Europe, was back in Australia on a break.

    He and a group of friends went for a ride along Old Logan Rd at Camira about 4.30am, with Ward on an unregistered motorcycle, to another house only 400m away.

    Ward had been drinking heavily and smoking cannabis so when police saw the bike and tried to pull him over, he panicked and fled, mounting the gutter and riding into parkland.

    When officers located him Ward was fully co-operative and admitted he had been drinking, taking drugs and only held an expired learner's permit.

    He faced Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of liquor or a drug, failing to stop for police, driving without a licence and driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle.

    New legislation was introduced late last year where if a person fails to stop for police the minimum penalty is a $5500 fine and two-year disqualification. Ward said he could pay the fine immediately.

    His defence lawyer said Ward intended to head back to the UK soon to continue his career in speedway racing.

    Magistrate Michael Quinn told Ward he put himself in a precarious situation and stood to lose plenty with his career if he behaved in this way again'

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Speedway ace Darcy Ward issues apology after drink and drugs arrest

Speedway ace Darcy Ward issues apology after drink and drugs arrest

Speedway ace Darcy Ward issues apology after drink and drugs arrest

Speedway ace Darcy Ward issues apology after drink and drugs arrest

First published in Sport
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PIRATES star Darcy Ward apologised to his fans, colleagues and employers after admitting: “I made a mistake.”

Ward today issued a statement via speedway365.com after The Queensland Times reported that he had been convicted of fleeing police on a motorbike while under the influence of drink and drugs.

Pirates ace Ward, 20, admitted a string of offences when he appeared in court in his native Australia, according to reports.

The report claimed Ward had been drinking and smoking marijuana when police attempted to pull him over in his home town of Camira. He is alleged to have fled on an unregistered and uninsured motorbike but was later located by officers. He is reported to have been fined $5,500.

Ward’s statement read: “In regards to the recent incident, which happened here in Australia on December 29, 2012.

“Firstly, I would like to offer my sincere apologies and explain to my fans, staff and committee members for the disappointment that I have caused to them as a result, and for the lack of trust in me that has subsequently resulted.

“I will do everything in my power to earn that trust back.

“Since the matter happened, I have been taking forward steps to get things on track again.

“This was a one-off situation. What everybody is reading makes me into something I am not! I don’t do drugs! I made a mistake!

“I didn’t have any drugs in my possession, nor was I charged. I was the one that confessed to the police that I puffed on a joint earlier that night.

“I would please ask everybody to accept my sincere apology and understand this was a one-off situation.”

Explaining his view of the incident, Ward’s statement added: “I would also like to say that on the night, I was in a park behind my parents’ house on my 50cc mini bike with two mates when the police drove by and noticed us riding in the park.

“As I saw the police, I panicked and rode back down the alleyway to the house.

“Once the police came to the house, I did not hesitate to co-operate with them. As for the marijuana charge, it was something I did on the night and that night only. I am disappointed in myself but I need to move on and I am hoping that we can all do the same together.”

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