Biker is guilty of dangerous driving
AMOTORCYCLIST who posted shocking video footage of him driving dangerously along the notorious Cat and Fiddle road has appeared in court after police watched it online.
Jack Sanderson escaped with minor injuries after he crashed his 600cc Kawasaki Ninja on the A537, a stretch which has repeatedly been branded Britain’s most dangerous due its severe bends and steep drops.
A video recorded from his helmet camera captured the 21-year-old coming off his bike as he tried to avoid a collision with an oncoming vehicle.
But the young biker’s attempts to ‘ warn other riders’ of the dangerous road turned sour when police spotted the video on YouTube, which went viral with more than 100,000 views, tracked him down and charged him with dangerous driving.
Sanderson was convicted of dangerous driving at a hearing at Macclesfield Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (August 19). He will be sentenced later this month and has been banned from driving any vehicle in the meantime. Sanderson’s footage showed him riding his motorcycle towards Macclesfield.
But his countryside ride was ruined when he overtook two bikes and came within inches of colliding with a car on a corner. Sanderson was thrown from his bike and somersaulted down the hill.
The dazed Sanderson is then seen getting to his feet, dusting himself down and clambering back up the hill to greet concerned onlookers who had stopped to help.
His only wound was a cut hand – caused when he grabbed some barbed wire as he walked to safety.
The motorbike, which stopped at the top of the ridge, was written off and was sold off for parts.
At the time, engineer Sanderson, from Mobberley, Cheshire, said: “I can’t believe I walked out of that, not even with a broken bone.
“When went over the ridge was like a helicopter spinning. thought, ‘this is it, I’m a goner’. My bike stayed at the top of the ridge and continued down. If my bike had followed me and crushed me, would not be standing here today.”
● Jack Sanderson’s footage shows him riding along the Cat and Fiddle oad when he came within inches of colliding with a car on a corner and, inset, he recovers from the fall