Accused ‘Ghost Rider’ Looking for New Lawyer
The Orland Park man accused of videoing himself as he eluded and mocked police on a motorcycle will be hiring a new attorney, after his previous one was disqualified because of a conflict with a key witness.
A 22-year-old Orland Park man facing felony charges related to videos made of popping wheelies on a motorcycle, while riding close to other vehicles on the road and taunting police that ended up on YouTube, is seeking new representation.
The trial for Justin Jachimiec was set to begin on Feb. 6, but during jury selection, his attorney Patrick Doherty found he was also representing one of the state’s key witnesses in a different case still in court, and was disqualified. A public defender was appointed immediately, while Jachimiec and his family decided whether they would stick with the appointed lawyer, or hire another.
Jachimiec was back in the Bridgeview Courthouse Wednesday, where public defender David Colaric told Judge Carmen Aguilar that he would be looking to hire another attorney.
Jachimiec didn’t speak during the brief hearing.
Jachimiec has pleaded not guilty to charges against him, including two counts of felony fleeing and eluding police and other traffic violations. He remains in custody in the Cook County Department of Corrections on a no-bond order after he missed an October court date. A November trial date was postponed as well.
He is scheduled to be back in court on March 12 for a status hearing.
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