Convicted by own footage of foolish stunts
Rider posted videos of wheelies online
A HAYES man will spend his Christmas behind bars whilst his moped is crushed by order of Hillingdon Police.
Jamie Simmonds, of Normandy Drive, came to the law’s attention after posting videos on the internet of himself riding dangerously.
It led to the 21-year-old being jailed for six months for six counts of dangerous driving at Isleworth Crown Court on November 13.
Simmonds, who admitted all the charges, was also disqualified from driving for two years.
The court heard how on May 22 this year, officers were parked on Long Lane, Hillingdon, in an unmarked car when they saw a moped with no number plates and a camera mounted on the rider’s helmet.
As the moped went past them, the rider performed a wheelie for around 300 metres.
Flashing their blue lights, police tried to stop him but he rode off at speed and jumped a red traffic light onto a dual carriageway, causing other motorists to swerve to avoid colliding with him.
Police were forced to break off the pursuit because of his riding and he managed to escape arrest.
Officers from Hillingdon Partnership Tasking Team identified Simmonds from a number of social media accounts which he was using to post images and videos of himself performing dangerous wheelies around the Hayes, West Drayton , Uxbridge and Harefield areas.
Simmonds could even be seen wearing a distinctive sweatshirt with the phrase “CAN’T CATCH ME” in some of the videos.
On June 25 police arrived at Simmonds’ home with a search warrant and found the moped in a garden shed, as well as the distinctive sweatshirt and the helmet camera.
After viewing the camera, a number of videos of Simmonds riding dangerously including one of him deliberately driving dangerously in front of marked police vehicles to try and provoke a pursuit were found.
Simmonds was charged with six counts of dangerous driving in addition to using a vehicle with no insurance, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence, driving without a valid MOT test certificate and driving without a registration mark correctly displayed.
Sergeant Liam Moore from Hillingdon Borough Police, said: “Footage from Simmonds own camera showed him putting other road users and pedestrians in danger and this helped convict him of dangerous driving.
“He did not think he would be caught as he did not display a number plate but he was far from correct.
“He will now spend his Christmas in prison whilst his moped will be crushed.
“I hope this sentence is a deterrent to others who consider riding dangerously and a reminder that we don’t need to stop you at the time for justice to be served.”
n CAUGHT IN THE ACT: Jamie Simmonds was arrested after performing a 300 yard wheelie in front of police in Hillingdon Metropolitan Police
n CRUSHED: Jamie Simmonds’ moped has been confiscated by police and will be destroyed