E-scooter rider jailed for assaulting police officer who tried to stop him

An e-scooter rider has been jailed for assaulting a police officer who tried to flag him down.

Monday, 6th December 2021, 3:47 pm

George Vakis was seen riding up and down in London Road, Bexhill, at 6.30pm on August 3 while officers dealt with a separate matter. An officer recognised the 19-year-old and walked towards him and directed him to stop. But Vakis kicked the officer, causing him to lose balance and fall to the pavement. The officer suffered a wound to his hand in the fall.

Vakis rode away from the area on his e-scooter, but the officers recognised him from previous stop checks and later arrested him. When he was interviewed, he tried to claim the officers had mistaken his identity despite footage of him captured from a police car and on the officers’ bodyworn cameras. Vakis, from Thakeham Close, Bexhill, was shown wearing a distinctive pair of Nike trainers in the footage, and was still wearing them when arrested.

At Lewes Crown Court on November 19, Vakis admitted wounding the police officer without intent and was sentenced to one year in detention at a youth offenders’ institution. He also pleaded guilty to driving without a licence for riding the e-scooter, driving without insurance, and failing to stop when directed by an officer. His licence was endorsed with six penalty points.

George Vakis, 19, kicked a police officer who directed him to stop, then rode off on his e-scooter. Picture: Sussex Police.

Last month, police issued renewed advice to e-scooter riders that the electric-powered vehicles remain illegal to use in public. Riders can face arrest, prosecution, and having the electric scooter seized if seen using them on the road or pavement in Sussex.

George Vakis was seen riding up and down in London Road, Bexhill at 6.30pm on August 3 while officers dealt with a separate matter. Picture: Sussex Police