Sussex motorcyclist ‘caught speeding at 150mph’

A Sussex motorcyclist has had his bike seized by police after being allegedly caught speeding at 150mph, according to Sussex Police.

Police said the motorcycle past a marked police car on the M23 southbound about 10.15am on Thursday, April 9 and was pursued to Fulking in West Sussex, where there was a temporary loss.

Roads Policing Unit officers spotted a van in a nearby car park and asked the driver if he had seen a speeding bike in the area. He replied no, police said.

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Not convinced by his response, the officers continued into the car park, where the same bike was spotted and the rider was detained. At this point, the van drove off, police added.

The bike was seized. Picture: Sussex Police

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “This was an excellent response by our specialist roads policing officers, who used their instinct and ingenuity to locate a dangerous driver.

“It’s hugely disappointing that this incident occurred less than 24 hours after we issued an appeal for motorists to avoid unnecessary journeys, and to pay particular attention to the ‘fatal four’ offences – speeding, drink and drug-driving, mobile phone use and not wearing a seatbelt.

“Just because a road is clear, it does not give you license to speed or commit any other offence. Travelling at such a senseless speed significantly reduces the amount of time you have to react to any other hazards on the road, therefore increasing your chances of being involved in a collision.

“Speed kills. It’s as simple as that. The motorcyclist in this incident can count himself fortunate to still be alive – he could easily have killed or seriously injured himself or someone else.”

Police said a 25-year-old man from Worthing has been reported for dangerous driving, speeding and failing to stop. His bike was also seized, police added.

In 2019 there were a total of 1,353 speed-related collisions in Sussex – the most in the county since 2009. Of these, 321 resulted in fatal or serious injury collisions.

If you witness an incident of dangerous or antisocial driving you can report it online via Operation Crackdown.