Biker gets instant karma after performing wheelie next to unmarked police car

A biker was caught out pulling off a dangerous wheelie when he ended up driving next to an unmarked police car on a busy road.

Oliver Summers, 26, was banned from driving for 15 months and was given a 12-month community order, as well as 150 hours of unpaid work.

The incident happened when police officer Darren Balkham of Surrey and Sussex Police and his colleague drove on the northbound carriageway of the A24 near Southwater on February 20, 2021.

In footage shared onto Twitter by Sussex Police, Summers is seen pulling a dangerous "wheelie" as he cruises past another motorbike on the road.

The force wrote: "A motorcyclist who pulled a 'wheelie' on a dual carriageway – risking the lives of himself and everyone else around him – has been disqualified from driving.

"It is mindless individuals like this who give others a bad name."

A Notice of Intended Prosecution was subsequently sent to Summers, who later claimed responsibility and conceded the manner of his riding was unacceptable, reports Sussex Live.

He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on May 6.

Summers was disqualified for 15 months. He was also given a 12-month community order, requiring him to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work, and must pay court costs totalling £180.

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PC Darren Balkham, who recorded the footage as a passenger in the police vehicle, said: “As a road user, the manner of riding I witnessed fell way below what I’d expect of a safe and competent motorcyclist.

"Had the rider come off his bike, he could have caused serious injury or worse to himself or someone else.

"This is a main road we’re talking about – not a race track – and there is no place for this sort of behaviour on our roads.

“A momentary act of stupidity could cause a lifetime of heartache for a lot of people."

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, added: "This case demonstrates how officers from different divisions work together with to achieve our three force priorities: to protect communities, catch criminals and deliver an outstanding service.

"It also shows that we may not be everywhere all the time, but we could be anywhere at any time."

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