A 42-year-old man who was caught on camera performing a wheelie on a motorbike at 110mph has been handed a suspended prison sentence and banned from the roads for nearly two years.
Michael John Chester, of Sunny Heys West, in Meltham, near Holmfirth, was captured on film by North Yorkshire Police’s mobile safety camera as he pulled off the high speed manoeuvre on the A63 at Newthorpe near Selby on July 7.
Twenty seconds of video footage, posted on YouTube by the police, shows Chester caught in the act from a number of angles as he speeds past a blue Citroen.
He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at Northallerton Magistrates’ Court yesterday and was banned from driving for 20 months and was given a 12-week prison sentence suspended for two years.
Chester was also ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and he must pass an extended driving test before he is allowed to get his driving licence back after his ban.
Two other charges of speeding and using a number plate which does not conform to regulations were dropped.
In a statement issued after the hearing, Dave Brown, head of North Yorkshire Police’s Mobile Safety Camera Team, said: “This is a classic case of someone with complete contempt for motoring laws.
“This dangerous act not only shows arrogance but a complete lack of concern for the safety of other road users.
“Mr Chester should count himself lucky to be able to attend court. The outcome could have been far worse for him and his family. The message should now be clear to others who flout the law that our mobile safety camera has the technology, and our officers have the determination to bring law-breakers to justice.”