A FISHERMAN has landed a big fine for speeding in his boat at night without navigation lights in a busy port.
Police hunted for Shane Barton, aged 39, for three hours off of Plymouth and he failed to stop when they switched on their blue flashing lights, city magistrates heard.
He was fined a total of £1,200 for piloting the Dory called Nicki Noo illegally.
Presiding magistrate Yvonne Quinlan told him:"These are serious offences. It is a busy port which attracts large boats."
Mike Brown, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said a retired Royal Navy engineer spotted the Dory going up the River Plym at high speed without any navigation lights.
He added the MoD police launch searched for the Nicki Noo but did not find the vessel until 2am close to the mouth of the River Tamar.
Barton, of Lanhydrock Road, Mount Gould, admitted three counts of failing to comply with a Dockyard Port of Plymouth Order on February 24.
He pleaded guilty to failing to display navigation lights between sunset and sunrise, failing to comply with the speed limit of eight knots and failing to respond to a police launch displaying flashing blue lights.
John Haythorne, for Barton, said he was self-employed fisherman who was worried about his necks which had been caught on rocks.
He added he eventually responded to the police and stopped.
Mr Haythorne said his lights were not working but had since been repaired.
He added that Barton had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.