Motorcyclist convicted with his own dashcam footage

A motorcyclist who admitted dangerous driving has been disqualified after the camera footage he shot of himself riding his “superbike” was used to prosecute him.

Jack Godfrey, 24 of Kent View Road, Basildon, was ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work as part of a community order and disqualified for 12 months for dangerous driving when he appeared at Basildon Magistrates’ Court on Friday November 3. He was also ordered to re-sit his test and pay £269 worth of fines and costs.

Godfrey was stopped at the A130, Rettendon, by a Roads Policing officer, in the late afternoon of Saturday July 15.

The officer had followed the motorbike after seeing it join the A12 at junction 19; the officer noticed the motorbike’s registration could not be read as the letters were too small.

Throughout the journey, the rider was witnessed driving at high speed and undertaking vehicles on numerous occasions along the route before he slowed to exit the A130.

During the stop, the Roads Policing officer noticed a dash cam fitted to the bike. Suspecting it had captured the rider’s driving, the officer seized the SD card.

When reviewed, the dash cam had captured footage of the rider’s earlier journeys that day and showed the man riding along a number of roads at an estimated top speed of 150mph whilst overtaking numerous vehicles and even performing a “wheelie” whilst passing oncoming vehicles.

Roads Policing officer Police Constable Danny Wheeler, who led the investigation, said: “There is no doubt that the rider drove in a dangerous manner that day, using the public roads of Chelmsford as a racetrack with no consideration for himself and the safety of other road users.

“At one point, he nearly collided into a roundabout.

“The footage was horrific, so much so, that during interview, the rider admitted that even he was shocked by it and admitted he’d been foolish.”

The court ordered no separate penalty for two other charges relating to the unlawful registration plate that didn’t conform with DVLA regulations.