FOOTAGE has been released of a 20-year-old from Wolverley dangerously riding an illegal bike at 80mph during a police chase.

The 10-minute pursuit was only ended when an officer lying in wait at a bus stop deployed a stinger to deflate the tyres of a Kawasaki 250cc.

The rider, Owen Guest of Slad Lane, was arrested at the scene at around 2.30pm on September 10 and went on to admit dangerous driving and driving without a licence or insurance.

Police seized and crushed the illegally-ridden off-road bike after Guest tried in vain to escape from officers as he hit 80mph in residential streets.

The Kawasaki 250cc was one of three which sped away when they were spotted by a police motorcyclist in the Tipton area.

The gang split up, so the motorbike officer pursued the Kawasaki, which had been driven the most dangerously, as it weaved through traffic, onto pavements, through red lights and on grassed areas.

Guest appeared at Wolverhampton Crown Court on January 14 and was given 14 months in a young offenders institute, suspended for a year, and ordered to abide by a curfew and do 80 hours of unpaid community work. He was was also given a two-year driving ban.

PC Steve Lovering, who pursued Guest, said: “This was appalling driving on a bike which can’t legally be ridden on the roads.

"Great teamwork between officers on the ground and in the air helped us bring this to a safe conclusion.

“We know the misery that these kind of bikes cause when they are ridden illegally, and we’ll use all our resources to bring those who think it’s acceptable to justice.”