Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Motorcyclist rode at more than 143mph on bike held together with bootlaces

A motorcycle rider has been jailed after he was caught at speeds of over 143mph on a "ramshackle death trap" held together with bootlaces.

Michael Robillard, 23, had no driving licence and his Suzuki 600 had a loose seat and no engine oil, with both pedals and a fender hanging off.

The bike had bald and bubbled tyres and nuts and bolts of the wrong size were holding pieces of the vehicle together.

His vehicle - which was converted for racing - was in such poor condition that some parts were held together with bootlaces but he still managed to ride at 143mph in a 70mph zone.

He was chased by police who recorded themselves at 143mph but, despite their speed, the motorcycle was pulling away. They eventually gave up because it was too dangerous and later found the bike abandoned and Robillard was arrested.

Robillard was jailed for 10 months after he pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving without a licence or insurance and failing to stop. He was also banned from driving for two years.

You can see the police video here.

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