VIDEO: Cat and Fiddle biker escapes jail

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A motorcyclist who filmed himself narrowly avoiding a collision on the Cat and Fiddle near Buxton, has been given a suspended sentence for dangerous driving.

Jack Sanderson was arrested after posting a video of the incident on YouTube, filmed from a camera attached to his helmet while riding his Kawasaki ZX600 on the A537 on February 23.

Topping the lists of Britain's most dangerous roads, The Cat and Fiddle route from Buxton to Macclesfield
Topping the lists of Britain's most dangerous roads, The Cat and Fiddle route from Buxton to Macclesfield

The clip showed the 22-year-old lose control of his bike, cross the opposing carriageway, swerve to miss a car travelling in the opposite direction and plunge down a 40-foot embankment.

Roads policing Sgt Andrew Dennison, of Cheshire Police, said: “Thankfully in this case no-one was seriously injured, but the risks that Sanderson took in his driving exposed himself and the safety of others to serious risk of harm or worse.

“It was only by blind luck that Sanderson avoided a catastrophic collision with another vehicle.”

At Macclesfield Magistrates’ Court on Thursday Sanderson, of Mobberley, Knutsford, was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, a 24-month driving ban and 300 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay £1283.18 in compensation, £620 court costs and an £80 victim′surcharge.

 

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