Teenager wearing T-shirt and shorts during 180 mph motorcycle chase admits dangerous driving

Andy Wells
·Freelance Writer
·2 min read

Watch: Teenager hits 180mph on motorbike during police chase

This is the dramatic moment a teenager attempted a daring escape from police by leading them on a 180 mph motorcycle chase.

Marian Vasilica Dragoi, 19, jumped red lights, mounted pavements and rode on the wrong side of the road in his bid to avoid being caught, the Metropolitan Police said.

Officers spotted his high-powered bike, with a false number plate, at around 9.20pm on 20 May in Wood Green, north London.

Wearing a T-shirt and shorts, the teenager hit speeds of 70 mph in a 20 mph zone and was clocked at 180 mph on the M1 before he rode the wrong way along the motorway’s hard shoulder to refuel.

Undated handout scrrengrab form footage take by a police helicopter by Metropolitan Police of Marian Vasilica Dragoi during a police chase on May 20, 2020. The teenager has pleaded guilty to dangerous driving after hitting speeds of 180mph on his motorbike during a 30-minute police chase.
Footage taken by a police helicopter of Marian Vasilica Dragoi during a 180mph police chase. (PA)
Undated handout scrrengrab form footage take by a police helicopter by Metropolitan Police of Marian Vasilica Dragoi during a police chase on May 20, 2020. The teenager has pleaded guilty to dangerous driving after hitting speeds of 180mph on his motorbike during a 30-minute police chase.
Marian Vasilica Dragoi mounted pavements and went through red lights trying to escape. (PA)

Dragoi, from Wood Green, was stopped on the forecourt of the petrol station and arrested after crossing into Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, driving a motor vehicle without a licence and driving without insurance at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Monday, according to the Met.

He faces sentencing at Wood Green Crown Court on 14 January.

Arresting officer Sergeant Tony McGovern said: “At one point of the pursuit, Dragoi went straight through every single red light he was confronted with, rode on the wrong side of the road in his attempts to get away and even mounted pavements.

“Throughout the pursuit, he continued to ride in a dangerous manner, and he only had the National Police Air Service helicopter tracking him – without any police vehicles on the ground anywhere near him.

Undated handout scrrengrab form footage take by a police helicopter by Metropolitan Police of Marian Vasilica Dragoi being apprended after a a police chase on May 20, 2020. The teenager has pleaded guilty to dangerous driving after hitting speeds of 180mph on his motorbike during a 30-minute police chase.
Marian Vasilica Dragoi being apprehended after the high-speed police chase. (PA)
Undated handout photo issued by Metropolitan Police of teenager Marian Vasilica Dragoi who has pleaded guilty to dangerous driving after hitting speeds of 180mph on his motorbike during a 30-minute police chase.
Marian Vasilica Dragoi pleaded guilty to dangerous driving. (PA)

“He failed to stop for police and continued to put his own life and the lives of other road users, as well as innocent pedestrians, into serious danger.

“Our highly trained Operation Venice officers are out on the streets of London every day fighting moped, scooter and motorbike-enabled crimes and I hope this case acts as a deterrent to anyone considering to display such erratic behaviour on our roads.”