Throw the book at him! Moment rider flees from police so they don’t seize his e-scooter – and a frustrated officer hurls his clipboard after him
An e-scooter rider was caught on camera being chased by a policeman down a busy central London street, seconds after being stopped by officers.
Footage shows the man moments earlier having a heated argument with police who appear to be about to confiscate his e-scooter.
The Met Police have been cracking down on private e-scooters which are not legal on public roads and pavements in the capital, seizing hundreds and fining riders.
A second clip, shows the man back on his scooter dashing towards Marble Arch.
A police officer frantically runs after him – even throwing his clipboard at the man in a fruitless bid to stop him – but the rider appears to escape into the traffic.
Despite being electric, and capable of around 25mph, it does not appear the man had turned his scooter back on during the escape.
The incident happened at around 11am on June 14 just yards from busy Park Lane traffic.
The video was shared by @ruidoloco1 on social media and online users were left amused by the police officer’s futile chase.
One commented: ‘You could say they threw the book at him lol,’ referring to the officer throwing his clipboard at the e-scooter.
A brazen man was spotted fleeing police on his e-scooter down a busy central London street – seconds after being filmed having the vehicle seized
A police officer frantically tries to catch the rider – even throwing his clipboard at the man whilst in pursuit – but the man appears to make an escape in traffic near Marble Arch
Another person added: ‘Man dashed a piece of paper thinking it would slow him down.’
Another viewer commented: ‘The scooter wasn’t even that fast and he still got away from that police lol.’
A commenter complained about London’s policy on e-scooters: ‘How can they put electric scooters on the streets for people to pay to use but not allowed their own really makes sense [sic].’
A spokesperson for the Met Police told MailOnline: ‘We are aware of a video that has been shared on social media showing an e-scooter rider making off from a police officer in the vicinity of Marble Arch.
‘Officers were in the area as part of the Met’s continuing efforts to engage with Londoners and explain the law on the use of e-scooters. While a controlled trial has recently been announced, the wider use of privately-owned e-scooters on public roads continues to be illegal.
‘We have seen a number of incidents in recent months where e-scooter riders have been involved in accidents and have sustained injuries.
‘The legislation is in place to keep them and other road users safe and our officers will continue to encourage people to follow the rules, moving to enforcement where necessary.’
The Metropolitan police have launched a crackdown on people illegally riding e-scooters in London, seizing multiple vehicles and taking them off the street
The force’s crackdown on illegally riding e-scooters in London has seen officers seizing more than 800 vehicles so far this year.
Rental electric scooter trials are currently being rolled out in towns and cities across the country, including Canterbury and London. A 12-month scheme began in the capital on June 7.
But while e-scooters can be bought legally for between £200 and £600, in London they can only be used legally on private land with the owner’s permission. Use on pavement or roads is not permitted.
Those found riding a private e-scooter could have six points put on their current or future driver’s licence and be fined up to £300.
There are also penalties for offences including mobile phone use, going through red lights and drink driving – similarly to car drivers – that could include court-imposed fines or even imprisonment.
E-scooters can be bought legally but in London, they can only be used legally on private land with the owner’s permission. Use on pavement or roads is not permitted
In July 2019, TV presenter and YouTube influencer Emily Hartridge (pictured above, in November 2018) was killed while riding her e-scooter in Battersea, London. Right, on Monday Gone Girl actress Lisa Banes died, 10 days after being mowed down by an e-scooter in a hit-and-run in New York
A recent study by Transport for London (TfL) found that e-scooters could be 100 times more dangerous than bicycles.
And Simon Ovens, from the Metropolitan Police’s road and transport policing command, described the scooters as ‘absolute death traps’.
In 2018, there were four recorded e-scooter collisions in London, which rose to 32 in 2019.
In 2019, TV presenter and YouTuber Emily Hartridge became the first person in Britain to die in an e-scooter accident when she hit a lorry while riding in Battersea, south London.
And one day after her death a 14-year-old boy was left fighting for his life in hospital after he crashed his vehicle into a bus stop elsewhere in the capital.
On Monday, Gone Girl and Cocktail actress Lisa Banes died, 10 days after she was mowed down in a hit-and-run by an electric scooter in New York.
The 65-year-old, from Los Angeles, was on her way to meet her wife for a dinner party on the Upper West Side when she was struck by a rider who blew through a red light.
Police data released last month showed that e-scooters have been used in hundreds of offences in London, including assaults, burglaries and anti-social behaviour.
Met Police said: ‘The riding of e-scooters on London’s roads and pavements remains illegal and potentially dangerous.
‘Under current legislation, e-scooters can only be driven on private land.
‘The Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command continues to conduct operations across the capital to engage with e-scooter users, taking enforcement action where necessary.’
Ban teenagers from e-scooters, says mum in hit-and-run horror
Joanna Johnson was struck by the hit-and-run rider at 20mph last July
A mother-of-three taken to hospital in agony after being hit by a teen on an electric scooter has called for a ban on under-21s using them.
Joanna Johnson, wife of Rugby Football League chairman Simon Johnson, was left in ‘indescribable pain’ after being struck by the hit-and-run rider at 20mph last July.
The 51-year-old teacher suffered serious nerve damage and had to have seven procedures on her leg after the crash in Mill Hill, north London.
She was on crutches for five weeks and still feels pain.
Mrs Johnson said: ‘It came completely out of the blue as it was totally silent and I was knocked to the ground with severe force.
‘I was told by my friends afterwards that the scooter and the boy on it landed on top of me after the impact and he was going about 20mph.
‘The doctors said it was amazing that I didn’t break anything but one side of my face was swollen and there was a huge lump bigger than a watermelon on my leg.’
Mrs Johnson is now seeking compensation from the Motor Insurers’ Bureau, the body that awards damages to people injured by hit-and-runs or uninsured drivers.
Mrs Johnson, from north-west London, said: ‘It came completely out of the blue as it was totally silent and I was knocked to the ground with severe force’
Although e-scooters can only legally be used on private land, they are now becoming widely used on roads and pavements.
‘People under 21 should be banned from e-scooters,’ said Mrs Johnson. ‘These are silent, motorised vehicles capable of doing around 20mph and that is enough for a lethal impact, yet children are riding them on streets and pavements.
‘If riders were made to have insurance then it would make them more responsible for their actions.’
Mrs Johnson also said she is frustrated by the police’s failure to investigate the crash.