Orland Cops Catch Up to Reckless, Wheelie-Popping 'Ghost Rider'
Months after five YouTube videos were posted showing an Orland Park man weaving in and out of Orland Park traffic, speeding and taunting officers, police say they caught up to him.
A man who recklessly sped through Orland Park on his motorbike — shooting videos of himself dodging and mocking police that were later found online — was dubbed the "Orland Ghost Rider" on YouTube.
But police say they eventually caught up with 22-year-old Justin J. Jachimiec, who sped through the streets wearing a helmet camera to record the videos, and now he's charged with three felony counts.
Orland Park police were called on Nov. 19, 2011, about a motorcyclist riding recklessly near the 7300 block of Wheeler Drive. He was speeding, driving over lawns, cutting through traffic and disobeying stop signs before riding past an officer making a traffic stop, according to police.
While driving past the traffic stop, he pulled his front wheel up, sped by and taunted the officer, police said.
He also refused to stop for other officers who had turned on their emergency lights, opting to drive past the squad cars head on.
Police later found the videos on YouTube, posted under the user name “wheelerdrivebandit," where the rider is nicknamed the “Orland Ghost Rider” in the text. In the video, you can hear him mocking the police.
On March 13, an Orland Park officer saw the same man again near 159th Street and LaGrange Road around 6:45 p.m., weaving a motorcycle in and out of traffic, onto grassy areas and again refusing to stop for officers signaling him to do so, according to the police. He also drove past another officer making a traffic stop while doing a wheelie for about four blocks, police said. Police chose not to pursue because of safety risks involved with the reckless driving, police said.
The following day, however, police went to an address on Juanita Drive, gaining entry with a search warrant, and identified him through evidence as the driver in both incidents, police said.
Jachimiec, of the 15400 block of Tulip Court in Orland Park, was charged with felony possession of a stolen vehicle, driving with a suspended license, two counts of felony fleeing and eluding police and other traffic offenses.
Later, police found that the motorcycle used was reported stolen in Laona, Wis., on June 19, 2011, based on a serial number found on the bike.
Jachimiec’s bail was set at $70,000 and is scheduled back in court on April 11.
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