Jailed: the 130mph YouTube biker
Published 20/10/2008 | 23:51
A motorcyclist who posted footage of himself performing dangerous stunts and speeding at up to 130mph on internet site YouTube has been jailed for 12 weeks.
Sandor Ferenci, 28, performed wheelies, skids and raced on the opposite side of the road around Banbury, Oxfordshire, and then put the footage on the video-sharing website.
Ferenci was also disqualified from driving for two years and ordered to take an extended driving test before he is allowed on the road again after pleading guilty to two counts of dangerous driving at Oxford Crown Court.
Judge Terence Maher told Ferenci that he had carried out "lunatic and grossly irresponsible manoeuvres at considerable speed".
The court heard that Ferenci, a carer, was spotted performing wheelies on his Yamaha R6 bike on the A422 Banbury to Brackley road on June 10 this year.
Brian Payne, prosecuting, said a motorist saw Ferenci's antics, which caused another driver to have to brake sharply, and took down his registration number.
He later contacted police, who traced Ferenci to his home in Fulwell Close, Banbury.
The court heard that when officers called at his home, before they had a chance to say anything to him, Ferenci asked them: "Is this about the YouTube video?"
Police then discovered that he had posted the video clips of himself on the internet.
The footage, which was played to the court, had been filmed by a friend from various angles including from a footbridge.
It shows the bike performing wheelies, wheelspins and skids, causing the tyres to smoke, the bike undertaking other vehicles and driving at excessive speed.
Mr Payne said it was impossible to attribute an exact speed at which Ferenci was driving but police have estimated he may have reached up to 130mph.
Gary Bell, defending, said Ferenci, who works as a carer for an elderly woman, had read a story about a child who died as a result of a motorcycle accident and now understands the ramifications of what he had done.
He said it was an "utterly sobering experience" for a "naive young man".
He added: "He is truly remorseful for what he has done and is truly sorry."
Ferenci pleaded guilty to the two charges at an earlier hearing at Banbury Magistrates' Court and asked for a further offence to be taken into consideration.
Judge Maher told him: "We have heard the description of your driving, and the video clip we have just seen shows an appalling piece of driving which your own barrister admits is extremely dangerous.
"Substantial pieces of road are passed on the rear wheel and on two occasions you undertake motorists.
"Apparently this was a desire on your part to show off and give yourself some form of thrill.
"It may be true that you posed the main danger to yourself but there was a danger to other road users."
The judge told Ferenci that driving any vehicle on the road was a responsibility and people had a duty to take care.
He added: "Quite often it is the throw of the dice whether someone is injured or killed, so in my view this offence crosses the custody threshold.
"A message must go out - if you drive in this way and are caught, serious consequences will follow."
He said that once Ferenci's driving ban had been served he would have to pass an extended driving test before he was allowed back on the road.