Watch: Motorcyclist films himself at 155mph

A MOTORCYCLIST who filmed himself doing speeds of up to 155mph has been jailed.

Monday, 25th January 2016, 6:06 am
Robert Hammond

Using a camera mounted onto his helmet, 60-year-old Robert Hammond captured more than 150 videos of himself doing wheelies, riding at more than 100mph on 30mph roads, and weaving in and out of traffic on country lanes across Hampshire and Sussex.

Hammond, of Upways Close, Selsey, appeared at Chichester Crown Court for sentencing on Friday after pleading guilty to four counts of dangerous driving last year.

He was given six months to run consecutively for each offence and told that he will spend at least a year in prison.

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Robert Hammond

Sergeant Alan Spicer said: ‘The footage on his headcam showed evidence of some outrageously bad motorcycling.

‘It is a miracle that other road users had not been seriously injured or killed, due to the way he was driving his motorbike and the speeds he was reaching.’

Police spotted Hammond riding his Honda Fireblade motorbike on April 29 last year on the A27 at Chichester.

The officers saw him doing a wheelie, undertaking several vehicles and travelling at about 80mph in a 50mph zone.

They stopped him and seized a memory card from a camera which was mounted to his helmet.

When the card was viewed, it showed more than 150 clips of him on his motorbike, many of which ‘showed a blatant disregard for the safety of himself or other road users’, police said.

The clips included him doing a wheelie in a housing estate just before accelerating to a recorded speed in excess of 110mph whilst still in a 30mph limit.

Sussex Police said the videos showed him entering a 30mph limit at 95mph, overtaking traffic on numerous occasions against the safety of solid white line, travelling in excess of 120mph on country lanes, overtaking in excess of 140mph and reaching a recorded speed of 153mph on a dual carriageway.

Robert Hammond

He was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and his motorbike was seized along with the camera on his helmet.

Sergeant Alan Spicer said: ‘This sentence sends out a message to drivers that we will prosecute you if you are caught driving in a dangerous manner.’

Hammond was also disqualified from driving for two years after he leaves prison and will be required to take an extended re-test before he can take to the roads again.