Illinois motorcyclist who uploaded high-speed police chase to YouTube facing stiff sentence

Hamza Ali Ben Ali was found guilty of aggravated fleeing, eluding police and driving with a suspended license.
By Evan Bleier   |   June 11, 2014 at 11:44 AM   |   Comments

DUPAGE COUNTY, Ill., June 11 (UPI) -- An Illinois motorcyclist who was found guilty of aggravated fleeing, eluding police and driving with a suspended license is set to be sentenced on Friday.

The seven-minute video that Hamza Ali Ben Ali shot, while he was evading police and later uploaded to YouTube, could really come back to bite him in the butt as the state will be seeking a prison sentence of up to six years.

The video appears to show Ali attempting to get a Westmont police officer to chase his Honda CBR 1000 on Oct. 21, 2012.

"It's almost like it was a game to him -- look at how fast I can go," said State's Attorney Robert Berlin, according to a Chicago Tribune report. "There's nothing funny about it. You're putting the public in danger."

A court in DuPage County found the 31-year-old guilty last month.

Ali got away at the time of chase, but was arrested after he posted the clip on the Internet about two weeks later.

During his trial, authorities were able to show that Ali's speed hit 115 mph at one point.

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