Con­victed by own footage of fool­ish stunts

Rider posted videos of wheel­ies on­line

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Clemen­tine kather­ine.clemen­tine@trin­i­tymir­

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

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