Bungling biker jailed for bragging about speeding in Selby
A bungling biker who was caught visiting an internet forum to brag about how he avoided a parking fine and to ask for advice on how to avoid speeding points has been jailed for eight months.
Andrew John Kelly, 37, took to the forum to find out how he could get off the speeding charge after he was clocked with a pal doing 122mph on the A63 at Selby.
A court heard how he persistently lied to the police and provoked outrage on the forum after admitting to other users that he had been caught speeding on June 20 last year.
Police were tipped off by Road Safety Support - a not-for-profit company providing specialist services to the police and local authorities - about the thread on pepipoo.com in September last year and Kelly was arrested.
Kelly, of Pudsey, as jailed after admitting two counts of perverting the course of justice and one charge of speeding. A judge labelled his behaviour “calculated, deliberate and thoroughly disturbing”.
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.
“Our investigation also revealed that Kelly had a history of failing to comply with statutory documentation and a complete disregard for road safety.
“He tried to portray himself as a simple mechanic who was poor at paperwork, but in reality, he is an accomplished liar.
“He continued to lie during police interviews and only when presented with overwhelming evidence through his seized clothing, did he admit to being the rider of the bike.”
TC Billings added: “This case sends a very clear message that we will leave no stone unturned to ensure that those who put lives in danger on our roads are brought to justice.”
Stephen Smith, co-founder of the pepipoo.com motoring advice website and forums, said: “This case shows yet again that many people don’t appear to appreciate the seriousness of lying about what they may see as ‘just speeding’, or even something as minor as a parking fine.”
Kelly was also handed six penalty points for the speeding offence.
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