Worthing motorcyclist disqualified for pulling high-speed wheelies on A24

A Worthing motorcyclist caught pulling a ‘wheelie’ on the A24 has been disqualified from driving.

Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 9:13 am
Updated Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 9:43 am

Oliver Summers, 26, of Brighton Road in Worthing, was spotted dodging potholes while driving on one wheel by officers in an unmarked police car on February 20.

The incident took place on the A24 northbound, between Southwater and the Hop Oast roundabout.

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.

Oliver Summers pulled a wheelie on the A24 near Horsham

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

Summers received a notice of intended prosecution and claimed responsibility for his riding, conceding it was unacceptable.

At Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (May 6), he pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and 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

PC Balkham added: “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. Dangerous driving or riding has serious ramifications, not least a criminal record which will affect this rider for years to come.

“In my role as Dedicated Football Officer for Surrey and Sussex Police, I know that the overwhelming majority of football fans are responsible and law abiding, but there’s always a small minority who let themselves down and give others a bad name. The same can be said of motorists, and it’s the small number who misuse our roads – and risk the lives of themselves and others – who we will continue to take action against.”

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “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.”