Video online? Wheelie bad idea

Video online? Wheelie bad idea

I got a Notice of Intended Prosecution for dangerous driving after me and a couple of mates were seen pulling wheelies and doing burnouts. I read on the internet that if you don’t ID yourself and give someone else’s name then the CPS can’t do you so me and my mates all gave each other names.

However, the police then interviewed me and had a video of me pulling wheelies that night. The police got it from the internet after my mate put it online. Someone had told me to go “no comment” in the interview so I did. However, I am worried I am in serious trouble and my mate is being interviewed next week. Can I get done?


Please do not go on mastermind as it would be fair to say you are not brain of Britain. Pulling wheelies and doing burnouts is text book “dangerous driving”. Therefore if the CPS can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that your riding fell far below what was expected of a competent and careful rider; and it was obvious that to ride in that way would be dangerous then a court will convict you. If convicted it’s a minimum disqualification of 12 months and you could be locked up for a maximum of 24 months.

However, before pleading guilty you need to see what the evidence is against you. As for lying about who was riding you need to be prepared for a court appearance for perverting the course of justice. This also carries a custodial sentence if convicted.

All in all you have been a bit of a muppet and you shouldn’t believe everything you read on the internet. If you get summonsed to court you need to get some legal advice immediately and make sure you have your wash bag ready.

Andrew ‘Chef’ Prendergast

Motorcycle Monthly

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Posted by Andrew Prendergast. Last modified: March 23, 2018 at 4:50 pm

Andrew has been riding motorcycles since he was 10 years old and currently rides a ZZR1400 as his daily commuter whether it is sunny or snowing. In addition, he is currently restoring an old Honda CB750 K1. Andrew practices across all areas of motorcycle law, with his practice involving both civil claims and motoring defence work.


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