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4 November 2011, 10:32
A motorbiker who filmed himself doing speeds of 150mph through Milton Keynes and posted the footage online has been banned from the roads for five years.
Robert Owens, 48, used a helmet-mounted video camera to record himself driving his Kawasaki 600cc motorbike on roads around Milton Keynes and Bletchley at speeds on four occasions in April 2011.
The footage showed him doing wheelies, riding on footpaths and weaving in and out of traffic. Police received an anonymous call about the videos, and Owens from Whaddon Way, Bletchley was arrested.
He received a 51 week sentence suspended for 2 years when he appeared at Aylesbury crown court, sitting at Amersham yesterday/Thurs. Owens was also disqualified from driving for five years, following which he will have to pass an extended test, and ordered to complete 150 hours unpaid work.
He also had ten points put on his licence, and had his £3,000 bike and £150 camera confiscated.
PC Steve Roebuck, a roads policing motorcyclist based at Milton Keynes, said "This was amongst the worst examples of dangerous driving I have seen during my time as a police officer, and the fact Owens willingly put himself and others in such danger almost beggars belief.
"It is a miracle he survived many of the situations he put himself in and to upload this footage onto a social networking site to boast about what he had done is abhorrent.
"In his own words he has accepted that he was an accident waiting to happen. He placed himself in positions which, despite any motorcycling skills he had, could easily have resulted in tragic consequences."