Wales

Wheelie biker filmed by police banned for 12 months

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Image caption David Titley was followed by a police officer on an unmarked motorcycle

A biker who was filmed by police doing a wheelie as he overtook a car on a rural road has been banned from driving for 12 months.

David Titley, 38, of Fairbourne, Gwynedd, was riding a 450cc machine on the A496 between Llanbedr and Tal-y-bont, Dolgellau magistrates were told.

He had denied dangerous driving but changed his plea at the trial on Thursday and was handed a ban.

He was also also ordered to do 60 hours' unpaid work and pay £200 costs.

The court heard the offence happened in Snowdonia National Park in August last year.

Tom Morgan Jones prosecuting, said the police officer on an unmarked motorbike saw two off-road motorbikes which appeared to have number plates below the required size.

They were following a Land Rover Discovery towards the brow of a hill and were approaching national speed limit signs, he said.

At this point, Titley, a bricklayer, pulled out to overtake and lifted the front wheel of his 450cc KTM machine off the ground, leaving the rider with no steering or front brake.

'Dangerousness'

Titley was said to be "very remorseful" after being stopped by the officer and had given an assurance to a probation officer that he would not do it again.

Michael Strain, defending, said his client was riding with a friend on the day and he argued that the offence was at the bottom end of dangerousness.

Titley was also ordered to take an extended test.

Court chairman Caerwyn Roberts told him: "The offence we feel is important due to the gravity of dangerous driving."

North Wales Police Chief Insp David Roome said: "The sentence reflects the gravity of this offence.

"We welcome safe, responsible, legal riders who have due care for their own safety and that of other road users, but we will not accept anyone riding in a reckless, dangerous or unlawful manner."

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