Suspended jail and ban for online
speeding videos


A man received a nine-month suspended jail sentence after posting footage online of him driving at speeds in excess of 100mph on roads in North Wales and Cheshire. 

At Chester Crown Court Frederick Randles was also ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work, disqualified from driving for 18 months and ordered to pay costs of £2000.

North Wales Police and Go Safe discovered seven videos on the internet of him driving his Arial Atom at high speed, near to Lake Brenig and Nant-Y-Garth in North Wales and in and around Chester, in Cheshire.

As members of Road Safety Support (RSS), North Wales Police and Go Safe forwarded the films to RSS to seek assistance with the case.

RSS technical and legal experts examined the films to determine whether any reliable evidence of the speeds Randles had driven at could be determined. 

The Arial Atom was seized so that they could conduct a test to calibrate the speedometer and, therefore, determine the speeds at which the vehicle had been driven at the sites.

Randles, of Heath Bank, Chester was sentenced for two counts of dangerous driving and one count of careless driving. Three further counts of dangerous driving will lie on file.

The 49-year-old's nine months prison sentence will be suspended for two years.

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