122mph speeder jailed after forum boasts

A motorcyclist has been jailed for eight months after boasting on a forum about lying to police over a speeding offence.

Andrew Kelly, 37, was filmed speeding at 122mph by a speed camera van but told police a prospective buyer had been test-riding the bike at the time.

Police later found a thread on a forum describing the incident and how the user planned to avoid prosecution.

The thread appeared on Pepipoo.com, which provides advice for defending speeding charges.

A second post by the same user, called ‘andyroo’, described a parking ticket which had been appealed using falsified information. Police were able to trace the parking ticket to Kelly.

The MoT tester was arrested and items were seized from his home including a computer, motorcycle gear and letters relating to the parking offence.

Kelly, from Leeds, was filmed speeding on the A63 at Newthorpe, North Yorkshire, on June 20 last year.

At York Crown Court on April 8, he admitted two charges of perverting the course of justice and one of speeding. 

He was jailed for eight months and given six points on his licence on May 8.

Traffic Constable Zoe Billings of North Yorkshire Police said: “Unbelievably Kelly published his intention to lie about who was riding his motorbike on the internet.

“When forum users spoke of their disgust at his dishonesty, he then bragged to them about how he had lied in the past and got away with not paying for a parking ticket.”

Steve Farrell

By Steve Farrell