Biker jailed for 122mph ride with son

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A man caught on camera driving at 122 mph on a motorbike with his 14-year-old son sitting on the back was jailed today for six months.

Robert Bennett, 47, was caught by police speeding along a two-lane road in Devon with the youngster, who was not wearing any protective trousers or gloves, clutching on to the seat of the Suzuki 1,300 cc bike.

Judge Phillip Wassall said the police footage of him was "unbelievable."

Bennett, from Barnstaple, Devon, was jailed for six months at Exeter Crown Court and banned from the road for 18 months after admitting dangerous driving, the Press Association reported.

Bennett, who was divorced from the boy's mother, had just picked him up from his mother's for a visit in April last year.

He had begun to speed because it started to rain but he was caught on film by an officer in a police van who had heard the bike accelerating towards a bend.

Bennett's lawyer David Sapiecha said his client had ridden at 122 mph for no more than half a mile on the 60 mph single-lane carriageway.

He told the judge that his client had ridden bikes since he was young but regretted his actions that day.

"Had you lost control, the motorcycle would have become a missile and it is certain there would have been a serious accident or highly probably the death of a least one other road user," the judge told Bennett.

"The lack of responsibility is unbelievable. This is so dangerous that the court cannot avoid a custodial sentence, to send a message out."