Motorcyclist films himself speeding at 150mph
A motorcyclist who filmed himself speeding at 150mph and put the footage online has narrowly avoided prison.
Biker Robert Owens, 48, used a helmet-mounted video camera to record himself travelling at up to 150mph around Milton Keynes and Bletchley in Buckinghamshire in April this year.
The footage - a chilling sequence that shows him riding his Kawasaki 600cc motorbike on urban footpaths, weaving in and out of traffic while narrowly missing the cars and doing wheelies - was then put on YouTube.
"This was amongst the worst examples of dangerous driving I have seen during my time as a police officer, and the fact Owens willingly put himself and others in such danger almost beggars belief," PC Steve Roebucktold told The Telegraph.
"It is a miracle he survived many of the situations he put himself in and to upload this footage onto a social networking site to boast about what he had done is abhorrent," he added.
After an anonymous call about the videos alerted the police, the biker was arrested.
Owens, of Bletchley, received a 51-week sentence suspended for two years when he appeared at Aylesbury crown court in Buckinghamshire.
He has escaped jail but he has been disqualified from driving for five years and ordered to complete 150 hours unpaid work.
Once he can drive again his licence will have ten penalty points less. His £3,000 bike and £150 camera have also been confiscated.
Dangerous driving and causing death by dangerous driving are both serious offences that can carry substantial prison sentences.
Although bikes only represent 1% of all road traffic they are involved in 20% of all road accidents and 1 in five deaths on the road are motorcycle related.
The main factors that contribute to motorcycle accidents are speed and acceleration rate.
Around 80% of motorcyclists killed as a result of road accidents suffer major head injuries.
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