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Easy rider on Harley-Davidson mobility scooter fools the police

A RETIRED caretaker who rides a mobility scooter styled like a ­Harley-Davidson is repeatedly pulled over by police – for riding on the pavement.

At first glance Geoff Dickson's ride looks like a Harley-Davidson [SWNS]

At first glance Geoff Dickson’s ride looks like a Harley-Davidson

Geoff Dickson says officers often mistake his £6,000 electric buggy for a proper motorbike. He has been pulled over after riding on the pavement and hunted down in cafes after parking on a walkway.

But police back down when they realise his three-wheeler is fully ­legal and only capable of 4mph.

The buggy is a familiar sight in Wells, Somerset, where the father of three, 64, has been nicknamed the “Wells Angel”. Geoff has the condition HSP – which means his nerves are dying, leaving him unable to control his legs.

He said: “I was told I had to get a mobility scooter but all I saw were pink things with baskets on the front – I really wasn’t impressed.

“The woman in the shop asked me what I would be interested in so I told her I wanted something that would go off-road and that looked like a Harley-Davidson.

“Just because you are old and disabled doesn’t mean you can’t be cool. It has really given me a new lease of life. Some people call me the Wells Angel and that’s fine – it’s only rock’n’roll but I like it.”

The Sport Rider has chrome forks and handlebars and a large central headlight like a motorbike.

Some people call me the Wells Angel and that’s fine – it’s only rock’n’roll but I like it

Geoff Dickson

He said: “I was driving along the pavement when a police car pulled over. When they got out, one was nudging the other and they were laughing. One said, ‘Sorry, Brains here thought you were riding a motorbike on the pavement’.

“On another occasion a police officer came up while I was drinking coffee. I had left the scooter parked outside the shop. He was going to tell me off for parking on the pavement but realized his mistake.”

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The scooter has fooled several police officers

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