Biker is guilty of dan­ger­ous driv­ing

Macclesfield Express - - BARLOW’S BRIEF - ALEX HIB­BERT

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

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