YouTube biker faces court

They're watching too...
They're watching too...
Don't post your driving exploits on YouTube.

One biker did and is now facing a driving ban after he filmed himself speeding at 100mph and posted the clip on the Web TV site. It's the first case of its kind.

The rider, from Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset, is alleged to have identified himself as he because he left the camera running as he left his front door. A camera mounted behind the windshield of his 180mph Yamaha R1 shows him pulling wheelies and riding past a school and housing estate.

One of the drivers Parrott passed recognised him from the YouTube video and posted a message on the site, according to the Mirror.

The Jeep driver said: "Unfortunately I am one of the cars he passed that day doing a phenomenal speed and pulling a wheelie. I didn't see him until he was by my side, he was very close as well and the slightest drift to the right on my part and it could have been a bit rough."

Avon and Somerset police spotted the video and have sent a file to the CPS as evidence. According to the story, dangerous driving charges will be brought within the next few weeks.

Let that be a lesson...

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  • woody_69 05 Mar 2007

    Anybody know the link to the biker vid. Oh, this is my first post, Hello everyone.

  • deeps 01 Mar 2007

    Just been down the local and the news is the case has been dropped. Can anyone confirm that?
    All's well that ends well beer

  • pedmeister 21 Feb 2007

    odyssey2200 said:
    Thanks Ped


    My point was that I think the fuss and action in relation to this case are out of ballance with the evidence the video presents.

    If a Trafpol had seen the guy speeding a NIP would probably insued, however hysteria over the 180mph R1 has served to blow this all out of proportion.

    And if the case is prosecuted bt CPS evidence must have been collated by the police and presented for consideration.

    Is browsing Youtube now considered valid police work?

    Where have all the PCs gone from our streets?


    Where have all the PC's gone? I can tell mate, they are all tied up with a vast amount of bureaucracy. For example-When I joined ten years ago an arrest could be dealt with in 2-3 hours. Arrest 'villain,' convey to custody, relate circs of arrest to custody Sgt. Lodge prisoner in cell. Go and obtain one or more MG11 statements(if not already in existance). Interview villain-conclude i/v. Consult with custody Sgt & discuss strengths & weaknesses of evidence & comments made by vilain in interview. Decision made to either charge/refuse/Bail 47/3/caution. Putting the paper arrest file together took me about 90 mins tops generally.

    Today post interview, we have to liaise with a an ERO(Evidence Review) Sgt-this takes at least 40 mins. If the evidence passes the 'threashold' the OIC then has to consult with a CPS solicitor. They only have one per station & they work 9-5 mon-fri. You might have to queue for an hour or more to speak to the CPS person. Prior to doing so, you have to WP an MG3 CPS Advice Request Report-this emcompasses the circs of the complaint, the available evidence and so on. An MG3 takes me at least 40 mins to produce one of good quality. If the CPS brief is available, the OIC will spend up to 40 mins in consultation with the brief.

    However, the real nightmere occurs out of CPS hours-the OIC has to ring a number which puts him through to an advisor working from home. The OIC then relates all the circs & relevant points to the brief. The OIC then FAXES ALL statements, MG3 and PNC printout. The brief will spend up to an hour ploughing through the paperwork.

    As you can see, this takes a ridiculous amount of time and is VERY frustrating for Police, especially if you arrest 8 hrs into a 10 hr shift-add at least 5-6 hrs on to the shift. This is particularly galling if you are due to finish at 0200 hrs-you can be going home at 0700 hrs when morning duty parade! In a word the system is SHIT!!

    We have a computer system called NICHE-we create all our arrest & summons files on it. It is awful, non-intuitive & laborious-it cost my force millions of pounds & it is garbage. We call it NICHEMERE.......

    The Police have been turned in chairbourne forces.....

    Ped



  • odyssey2200 21 Feb 2007

    Thanks Ped


    My point was that I think the fuss and action in relation to this case are out of ballance with the evidence the video presents.

    If a Trafpol had seen the guy speeding a NIP would probably insued, however hysteria over the 180mph R1 has served to blow this all out of proportion.

    And if the case is prosecuted bt CPS evidence must have been collated by the police and presented for consideration.

    Is browsing Youtube now considered valid police work?

    Where have all the PCs gone from our streets?


  • pedmeister 21 Feb 2007

    odyssey2200 said:
    Ok

    So I just watched the Video.

    WHAT THE HELL IS THE FUSS OVER?

    The hached area had dotted line so he never broke that law.

    It strikes me that the BiBs are over reacting a bit here.

    Why the hell was he swabbed for DNA?

    At least the Police are not wasting resources on spurious things like catching theives or muggers or ASBO weilding Chavs in Burnham sea front.

    IMHO if plod had cought him red handed as it were a bollocking should have been forthcoming and possibly nipped for speeding butthis seems totally out of ballance with the crime.



    Odyssey,

    Don't forget-it isn't the Police who bring charges to bear these days, it's the CPS who make that decision. The Police acquire/collate evidence & present it to CPS-they review it & decide if a particular charge is to be brought. In this instance, the CPS obviously considered there were offences present-hence the action taken against our rubber pant wearing friend!

    Also-it is actually very difficult to catch thieves & muggers-oddly enough they don't tend to raise their heads above the parapet when a Police patrol is in proximity. It's so easy to say what the Police should, or should not be doing. Most MOP have absolutely no idea about the job, or how difficult it is at times to target problems such as burglary-there is no easy way to tackle such problems. The problem is, EVERYBODY has watched at least one episode of 'The Bill,' many people assume they have a comprehensive knowledge about Policing, hence they are opinionated. If I had a pound coin everytime some buck has said to me, "YOU CAN'T COME IN HERE WITHOUT A WARRANT!"- WRONG!! I'd be retired and living a life of luxury! Many people base their 'knowledge' of Policing on TV programmes-which hardly scratch the surface of real Police work. The aforementioned example concerning many people's concept that the Police need a warrant to enter & search an address is a classic case of misunderstanding-we DO NOT. Under PACE S18 Police may enter a premise with the authority of a duty Inspector & conduct a thorough search therein. Police can also enter prems depending on the prevailing circumstances under S17 & S32 of PACE. Most MOP do not have an igloo about Police powers-however, many think they 'know all about Policing.' You can always spot these 'experts,' they are the ones polishing a bar stool with their backsides, whilst blowing the froth off their beer.

    I've watched the odd DIY programme on TV, it hasn't given me an in depth knowledge of plumbing, ergo, I'm not going to 'stand on my soapbox,' and lecture plumbers about how they do their job. I only wish other people would accept this logic & not rant on about things they actually have a minute understanding of IE Police work! Dave down the pub, really doesn't have a clue about Policing when all is said & done.

    Anyway, I've put my 'coin in the slot,' so I will exit stage left.....

    Ped

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