by Lisa Brown
COUNTY - It was wrong the first time, but a Western Shore man who stole another man's motorcycle twice in one night should have known he'd get into trouble.
David Travis MacPherson, 21, was fined a total of $1,955 January 7 on charges of theft, evading police and failing the breathalyser.
A Western Shore man called police just after midnight on October 18 to say someone had taken his bike. It had happened earlier that evening, but the owner had gone and retrieved the motorcycle where it had been left on a nearby trail. When it disappeared again, he called the RCMP.
An officer noted a motorcycle travelling in the area while en route to the owner's home and tried to stop it, but the rider pulled onto the Trans-Canada Trail to avoid him.
The constable later arrested Mr. MacPherson, who showed signs of impairment, but refused to take a breathalyser test. He admitted he'd taken the bike and evaded the officer earlier that night.
In addition to the fines, Mr. MacPherson lost his licence for a year.