Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

Biker condemned over 103mph wheelie

Footage of Lukasz Wisniewski, 26, performing a high speed wheelie on his motorcycle on the A63 at Newthorpe

A motorcyclist caught on camera doing a wheelie at 103mph "showed complete disregard for his safety and that of other people", police have said.

North Yorkshire Police have released footage of Lukasz Wisniewski pulling his bike up on its back wheel as he rode along the A63, near Selby, on June 20.

Wisniewski, 26, of Firth Avenue, Leeds, was caught by a mobile safety camera as he rode past the clearly visible van, officers said.

They said he was doing 93mph when he began the highly dangerous manoeuvre but had accelerated to 103mph before he stopped.

On Wednesday, a force spokeswoman confirmed Wisniewski appeared at Selby Magistrates' Court last week where he admitted dangerous driving.

He was banned for 12 months and ordered to take an extended driving test. He was also given a community order which included 200 hours of unpaid work.

Inspector Dave Brown said: "Wisniewski should be thankful that he is still here to face a ban and a community order. His riding showed complete disregard for his safety and that of other people.

"The consequences of such irresponsible riding could have seen him facing far more serious offences.

"Riders and drivers need to bear in mind the capability of the safety camera and its ability to capture indisputable evidence from all angles and at a greater distance than a conventional safety camera.

"We know the vast majority of riders are sensible and use their machines safely and considerately. This message is aimed at the arrogant minority who show complete disregard for safety and the potential life-changing consequences to their own and their families' lives."

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