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.

 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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Sara Waters March 31, 2012 at 06:36 AM
Maybe the issue comes from no charges being pressed. If a person does something with zero consequences then how will they learn it's wrong? Logically, you would think a 22 year old would know it's wrong to steal. But if he knows nothing is going to happen to him even if he's caught, then why not do it? It seems everything he does is a childish prank. In the video he's mocking the police, there's comments regarding other drivers written in. This is his entertainment. I know he's an adult and I hate blaming parents for their grown children's actions but clearly they didn't give him enough consequences growing up.
TQ April 19, 2012 at 01:51 PM
According to the arraignment article, he 'has been indicted on felony charges in the past related to resisting arrest and driving a stolen vehicle.' He's a real winner.
Kerry Gingrich December 29, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Just stumbled upon this posting in the "year-end round-up". YIKES! Anyone who thinks what this guy was doing is fun, creative, safe, etc. is foolish. Sue S and Carin are brilliant! Samantha, Tim, Justin....hope you grow up some day. Does anyone know what length of jail sentence this idiot was handed?
NC resident April 03, 2013 at 12:46 AM
Kudos to Ghost Rider. This guy is awesome! Not reckless, total control of his bike the whole time. Just cause yall yankees drive prius's and vote for obama doesnt mean that a guy who can ride and outrun the cops is a moron. Let the law do what they do and I hope he gets back at it. Id sponsor him.
Megan James May 15, 2013 at 06:58 PM
Justice served! 18 months! Hopefully, as the judge stated, he will now accept the support and guidance from his parents, and not all the other misguided dirt bikers accross the country who believe this is just harmless fun. In Illinois, it is dangerous and reckless. Not just for him and those he was riding around, but took valuable time away from the PD, that could be needed to help someone else.


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