Orland Park Police say they found and caught the “Orland Ghost Rider,” accused of taunting police in a stolen motorcycle while filming the rides, then posting videos online.
After a four-month investigation, Justin C. Jachimiec 22, of Orland Park was charged this week with two felony counts of fleeing a police officer and a felony count of possessing a stolen motor vehicle, in addition to multiple traffic offenses. A judge Wednesday ordered Jachimiec held on $70,000 bond.
Police first received a call Nov. 19 about a person who online calls himself “Orland Ghost Rider” or “wheelerdrivebandit," when police said patrol officers reported a motorcycle "driving recklessly in the area of the 7300 block of Wheeler Drive."
Police said the motorcyclist was seen speeding, driving over lawns and even riding on one wheel past a patrol car, taunting officers as he drove by.
"The motorcyclist refused to stop for officers and fled the scene," police said in a statement.
Police said they discovered the rider was wearing a camera on his helmet and later posted video of the incidents on YouTube.
Officers most recently spotted the rider around 6:43 p.m. last Tuesday near 159th Street and Lagrange Road and 94th Ave. Police said he was driving recklessly, onto sidewalks, in and out of traffic, and wouldn't stop for police. The motorcycle at one point popped a wheelie in front of a marked police car, officers said.
Orland Park police conducted a search of an address on Juanita Drive last Wednesday. The same day they found the motorcycle, helmet, and camera, and later determined the motorcycle was stolen last summer from a home in Laona, Wis.
Jachimiec returns to court April 11.
Raw "Orland Ghost rider vs Police 3" video posted on YouTube by wheelerdrivebandit: