A sozzled motorcyclist with no licence faces years in prison for speeding on countryside roads after failing to stop for a routine road check in Poland.
Footage recorded by a camera installed on a motor patrol officer’s helmet documents the breathtaking chase through the winding roads of a town outside the city of Slupsk, northern Poland.
The police bike’s digital velocity indicator reveals that it was reaching 224 kilometres per hour (139mph) at one point.
The pursuit ended when the lawbreaking motorcyclist fell onto the road after losing control of his bike in a bend.
Astonishingly, the man – identified as a 23-year-old resident of Slupsk – was not injured.
Jakup Baginski, a spokesman for the Slupsk City Police Department, announced: “Last week, police officers of the Słupsk motorcycle road patrol attempted to stop a motorcyclist.
“However, the individual did not react to the signals issued by the officers to stop. Instead, he posed a threat to other drivers by speeding off.
“For nearly 15 kilometres (nine miles), the officers followed the motorcyclist.
“After his detention, it turned out that he was intoxicated and did not have the right to drive a motorcycle.”
A breathalyser test revealed that – at 1.5 per mille – the man was dead drunk.
His name has been withheld by the authorities.
Poland has strict drink-driving regulations. Any level above 0.2 per mille is a chargeable offence, whereas anything above 0.5 per mille can result in a prison term of up to two years.
In addition, after checking it in the police IT system, it turned out that he did not have the right to drive vehicles.
Police spokesman Baginski underlined: “Every road user has an impact on safety. Behaviour as displayed by this individual causes a huge threat to others.
“A motorcyclist who decides to escape from uniformed officers not just breaches the law. He also endangers his own life as well as the lives of others.”
The incident took place last week, according to the authorities. Slupsk Police did not say whether the motorcyclist has been put into custody.
The man faces up to seven years in jail for drunk driving, his refusal to stop for the roadside check and speeding.