A motorcyclist has been banned from driving for 15 months after being filmed by police weaving in and out of traffic at speeds of up to 148mph.
Paul Roberts was filmed by an Essex Police motorcyclist as he rode south on the M11 reaching the highest speed ever recorded in the UK by a rider carrying a passenger. The footage can be seen below:
Roberts, 43 of Malkin Drive Lane, Harlow, was riding to work on his Kawasaki ZZR 1400 with a friend as passenger on Friday 12 September, 2014.
He joined the M11 at Hastingwood and was seen and followed by an officer who was involved in a motorcycle safety operation on the motorway.
A video camera on the officer’s bike recorded events as Roberts weaved in and out of traffic across all three lanes. At one point he is seen riding through a narrow gap between a lorry and a car.
Roberts was eventually stopped near Chigwell and later summonsed for dangerous driving.
He admitted the offence and appeared for sentence at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday 30 March, 2015.He was also ordered to do 120 hours community service, told to take an extended re-test and to pay £460 costs.
Sgt Nick Edwards said: “The levels of harm to which Paul Roberts subjected himself, his pillion passenger, the public and my officer are just beyond comprehension.
“These speeds are for race tracks not public roads. This riding behaviour will not be tolerated on Essex roads and the court have clearly recognised the consequences of the riders actions in the punishment that has been awarded.”