Suspended sentence for speeding biker

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A biker who was clocked riding at 88mph in a 50mph limit was given a suspended jail sentence this week.

Andrew Veness, 23, who is a tyre and exhaust fitter from Beechwood Drive, Keston, near Bromley in Kent, was sentenced for dangerous driving, failing to stop for a police officer and driving without insurance.

Lewes Crown Court heaard that he was arrested on the A24 on July 29 this year.

Veness was on the A24 near Horsham, when police in an unmarked car saw him riding his 600cc sports motorcycle at 88mph in a 50mph stretch.

Police say he was overtaking dangerously, frequently overtaking traffic by crossing the solid white line in the middle of the road.

However he wouldn’t stop when PC Glen McArthur tried to pull him over and rode off at high speeds, leading to a high speed chase before eventually stopping near the Sussex and Surrey border on the A24 and was arrested.

At court Veness pleaded guilty and was given a 12 month sentence suspended for two years, 200 hours of unpaid work, 19 sessions of the Think First Programme, a 12 month supervision order, and an 18 month driving band with a requirement to retake his test before he can have his licence back. He was also fined £1,200.

PC McArthur said: “I hope the penalties Veness has been given works to deter others from riding dangerously.

“We want to ensure people ride safely in our county and will make sure anyone whose riding puts others at risk is brought to justice.

“We do urge motorcyclists to take up the Bikesafe course which gives riders hints and tips about how to ride safely.”

The footage of the pursuit is online at:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEr2gdEupdg&feature=youtu.be