Motor cyclist banned after 40 feet fall


A motorcyclist who survived a forty feet drop from one of Britain’s most dangerous roads has been given a suspended jail term for dangerous driving.

Macclesfield Magistrates Court heard that Jack Sanderson, 22, had been riding at speed on the Cat and Fiddle A537 Buxton New Road in February.

Sanderson was said to be driving in "a competitive and racing manner" and was recording the route on a camera that was strapped to his helmet.

He ignored road markings that prohibited overtaking and overtook two motorbikes before his speed caused him to veer out of his lane on a sharp bend and into the path of an oncoming car.

As he tried to avoid the car, he left the carriageway and crashed through a dry stone wall and fencing and fell forty feet down a ridge to a field below.

Incredibly, Sanderson, of Townfield Road, Mobberley, was uninjured by the fall and was able to retrieve the camera he'd been using and clambered back to the roadside.

He was taken to hospital where he started to brag about what had happened and staff reported the incident to the police.

He then uploaded the footage from his helmet camera onto Facebook and You Tube in an attempt to create a celebrity status.

He even appeared on the local television news, ostensibly to warn other drivers about the dangers of the road hed fallen from.

Cheshire Police investigated the incident and the Crown Prosecution Service authorised that Sanderson be charged with dangerous driving.

At the end of a trial, magistrates gave him a 12 week jail term, suspended for a year and banned him from driving for two years.

He was also ordered to pay almost £2000 in compensation for the damage he had caused and the public cost of bringing the case.

Martin McRobb, Senior Crown Prosecutor with the Crown Prosecution Service, Mersey-Cheshire, said: "I viewed the footage of the incident and the moments leading up to it very carefully and it was clear Sanderson was riding his vehicle in a dangerous way.

"He arrogantly claimed in interview afterwards that his near head- on collision with another driver was simply an act of misjudgement by a very experienced rider.

"He'd been intent on overtaking other riders, despite the solid white lines on the road, and admitted in a TV news report that he'd been getting impatient at the time.

"The final act of crossing into the opposite carriageway was the result of a serious lack of control and the final feature of some extremely dangerous driving.

"It's a miracle no-one was seriously hurt. Hopefully Sanderson will learn his lesson as that might not be the case if there's a next time.