‘Orland Ghost Rider’ sentenced to 18 months
Sun-Times Media Wire May 14, 2013 5:26PM
Justin J. Jachimiec / photo from Orland Park police
Updated: June 16, 2013 6:39AM
The “Orland Ghost Rider” won’t be posting any more wild motorcycle videos on YouTube for a while after being sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in prison.
Justin Jachimiec, 23, of Orland Park, earned the nickname by posting online videos of himself on a stolen motorcycle — speeding, ignoring stop signs and driving over lawns while mocking and eluding police.
Jachimiec on Tuesday gave up his legal fight and pleaded guilty to aggravated fleeing and eluding, a felony, according to a spokeswoman for the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.
Jachimiec was arrested March 19, 2012, after a lengthy investigation that started Nov. 19, 2011, when Orland Park police saw a motorcyclist speeding and driving recklessly near the 7300 block of Wheeler Drive.
At one point, the driver rode on one wheel past a police car, taunting officers making an unrelated traffic stop, and refused to stop and sped away, according to police.
They said the driver, later identified as Jachimiec, had a camera mounted on his helmet that videotaped and audiotaped the incident, which later appeared on YouTube with the name “wheelerdrivebandit” and “Orland Ghost Rider.”
The same driver was spotted on March 13, 2012, near 159th Street and LaGrange Road, again driving recklessly by weaving in and out of traffic, leaving the road and driving onto sidewalks before eluding police officers, police said.
Jachimiec was arrested after police executed a search warrant on Juanita Drive and found evidence implicating him, including the motorcycle, helmet and camera, police said. The motorcycle was found to have been stolen in Wisconsin in June 2011.