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Motorcyclist Going 140 Mph Filmed by Police Officer

A motorcyclist filmed by an unmarked Sussex Police motorcycle travelling in excess of 140mph on the A21 has been sentenced at Crawley Magistrates Court.

Michael James Collins, 22 years, of Beckenham, Kent, pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous driving on Wednesday (September 24th) and was sentenced to a two year suspended prison sentence, disqualified from driving for two years (with the requirement to take an extended test), given 240 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay costs.

Mr Collins was arrested following numerous complaints from residents in Hastings and drivers on the A21, who reported a motorcyclist riding dangerously and at excessive speed on a daily basis.

The method of riding was considered so extreme by investigating officers from the Sussex Road Policing Unit that normal stopping procedures were not considered appropriate.

Instead, the rider was safely tracked using unmarked cars and an unmarked motorcycle in order to gather evidence to support a prosecution.

Having risk assessed the intelligence relating to the rider there was also a possibility that the rider would try and evade police if a stop was attempted.

Mr Collins was arrested at a motorcycle dealership in South London on Wednesday (September 23rd) and transported to Crawley where he was remanded in custody for court the next morning.

Inspector Marc Clothier, Sussex Road Policing Unit, said: "This type of riding is wholly unacceptable and poses a significant risk to every road user.

Sussex Police will deal robustly with this type of flagrant law-breaking to ensure we make the roads of Sussex a safer place for everyone to use.

"I hope this conviction will send out a strong message to motorcyclists who choose to use the roads of Sussex as a race track.

We will not tolerate this behaviour and we have the ability and resources to deal with these riders.

"Since Sussex Police took delivery of a number of unmarked bikes, the number of motorcyclists caught breaking the law on our roads has increased dramatically.

Road Policing officers will continue to deploy such vehicles as long as riders continue to behave in an irresponsible manner."


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