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VIDEO: Banned UK biker gets 15 months behind bars

23-mile Police chase ends in custodial sentence for disqualified biker

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Submitted by Visordown News on Wed, 13/08/2008 - 13:38

Police footage of O'Donovan legging it from the camera car

A DISQUALIFIED motorcyclist has been jailed for 15 months after he raced Police in excess of 130mph.

Christopher O'Donovan sped away from officers as they tried to get him to pull over after his number plate registered on the car's recognition device.

The 44-year-old then led Police and the force's helicopter on a 23-mile chase before he was cornered.

Rosie Walsh, prosecuting, told Swindon crown court how the chase started when an officer in an unmarked car spotted the bike on the A361 near Devizes.

The court was shown a section of the video footage recorded by the police car where the bike overtook on hatchings at more than 100mph.

The chase came to an end when the O'Donovan got off the machine outside a block of flats and ran inside. When Officers knocked at the door he answered in a T shirt and shorts and told the police he had been asleep, but on searching the flat they found warm, sweaty motorcycle leathers in a bedside cabinet. He pleaded guilty on the morning of the trial.

Jailing him Judge Douglas Field said: "This was a prolonged episode of very dangerous driving at speeds of up to 130mph, excessive speeds in built up areas and dangerous overtaking.

"It is clear to me that you were determined not to be apprehended because you knew that you were driving while disqualified."

As well as jailing O'Donovan the Judge banned him from the road for three years and ordered he take an extended test before he gets his licence back.

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