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9 mrt 2002
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Biker who filmed himself at 165mph sent to prison
By Peter Foster
(Filed: 09/03/2002)

A MOTORCYCLE enthusiast who used a video camera to record himself speeding at 165mph through country lanes was jailed for 12 months yesterday.

Wayne Soman, a 32-year-old carpenter, had eluded police speed cameras before being pulled over at a checkpoint last September. However, he became the author of his own downfall when traffic police on the A40 at Llandovery, Dyfed, noticed the camera strapped to the petrol tank and demanded that he re-play the tape.

Further inspection revealed a hydraulic device Soman had fitted to his 900cc Kawasaki to tilt his number plate to make it indecipherable to police cars and cameras. After viewing just three minutes of the footage - the bike's speedometer and rev counter clearly visible at the bottom of the frame - police arrested Soman.

The home-made "speed camera" was played yesterday at Swansea crown court to Judge Peter Griffiths, who shook his head in disbelief. It showed Soman, who pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, giving a thumbs-up to the camera before setting off from his home in Pontypridd.

Although Soman did slow to the required 30mph in villages and built-up areas he accelerated to more than 150mph on the A470 from Merthyr and topped 165mph approaching Brecon. Then he turned left on to "little more than a country lane" and swerved around blind bends at 100mph.

After joining the A40 he reached 130mph "numerous" times before being waved down by police trying to curb motorcyclists who frequently raced on the road. Four had died in high-speed crashes over the previous weekend.

Soman had been travelling so fast that he covered the equivalent of three-quarters of a football pitch in one second, the court heard. David Harries, defending, described his client as a dedicated motor-cyclist, "a fanatic", adding in mitigation that he had since sold his bike "at the insistence of the lady in his life".

Judge Griffiths, while acknowledging Soman's "undoubted driving skills", was not to be dissuaded from a custodial sentence. He jailed Soman, who had two previous convictions for speeding, for 12 months, banned him from driving for three years and ordered him to take an extended driving test on his release.

He said: "Effectively, you used the public highway as a race track. You were overtaking at speeds well in excess of 130 mph, squeezing past on-coming traffic. Any reasonable motorist would have said, 'here's a maniac'."

"You planned to drive as fast as you could and film yourself doing it. It was an appalling, outrageous piece of dangerous driving and it would be ridiculous not to send you to jail."
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