‘Welsh Evel Knievel’ is banned from driving after trailer overturns, causing accident

‘Welsh Evel Knievel’, who broke the world bus jumping record, is banned from the roads after another motorist was left with multiple broken bones after crashing into a Land Rover that fell from its trailer

  • Jason Rennie, 51, was sentenced to eight months probation
  • The daredevil stuntman currently holds two Guinness Book of Records
  • A judge at Shrewsbury Crown Court said he was a “liable person” who drove vehicles
  • Mr Rennie had previous convictions for drunk driving and drug possession

A stunt driver named “Welsh Evel Knievel” has been banned from the streets after an incident that left another motorist with broken bones.

Jason Rennie, who holds a number of records for motorcycle stunts, has been branded a danger to other road users after a trailer he was towing with a Land Rover in the back overturned.

Mr Rennie, also known as ‘Jason the Jump’, drove a Mitsubishi Shogun truck on the A41 at Tern Hill, Market Drayton.

The 51-year-old, who once performed in front of 30,000 fans at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, was with a friend at Wicked Wholesale in Market Drayton on December 14, 2020 when they loaded the Land Rover onto the trailer.

Mr Rennie’s friend had originally started driving but he soon took over when they returned to the A41 after the other man felt it was unsafe to drive.

Jason Rennie, 51, known as

Jason Rennie, 51, known as “Welsh Evel Knievel,” was sentenced to eight months’ probation and two years’ driving ban

Mr Rennie jumps over three trucks at Donnington in 2000, a distance of 251 feet

Mr Rennie jumps over three trucks at Donnington in 2000, a distance of 251 feet

Shrewsbury Crown Court heard the couple pull past a fish and chip shop for a break before the vehicle began to lurch on the A41.

Mr Rennie attempted to correct the car but the vehicle swerved and the trailer overturned, landing the Land Rover in the oncoming lane.

Edward Kealey was driving the other way in a Peugeot but he was unable to avoid the Land Rover and fell, sustaining a broken right knee, a lacerated right arm and several other fractures.

A passenger in his car also suffered minor injuries.

The daredevil stuntman set a world record for the longest motorcycle jump at Donington Park near East Midlands Airport in 2000

The daredevil stuntman set a world record for the longest motorcycle jump at Donington Park near East Midlands Airport in 2000

The court heard Mr Rennie had five prior convictions for 13 offenses including possession of Class A drugs, driving with excessive alcohol, driving without insurance and driving with a disqualification.

Mr Rennie, from Coedpoeth, Wrexham, pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by being disqualified while driving.

Paul Smith mitigated that Mr Rennie had problems with alcohol and was using cocaine.

Judge Anthony Lowe gave him an eight-month suspended sentence and described Mr Rennie as “a liability when it comes to driving”.

He also told Shrewsbury Crown Court: “You don’t pay attention or worry about courts saying you can’t drive.”

The Welsh Evel Knievel currently holds two Guinness World Records for longest frontal motorcycle ramp jump and longest motorcycle jump with a passenger

The Welsh Evel Knievel currently holds two Guinness World Records for longest frontal motorcycle ramp jump and longest motorcycle jump with a passenger

Judge Lowe suspended Mr Rennie’s driver’s license for two years and ordered him to complete 20 days of rehabilitation and a six-month alcohol treatment programme. The stunt driver must also bear the costs of legal proceedings.

In 2000, Mr. Rennie broke a world record for jumping over three trucks, a distance of 251m.

He also broke Evel Knievel’s 1975 bus jump record by jumping half the length of the turf at Millennium Stadium – the equivalent of 13 double deckers – in 2003 in front of more than 30,000 spectators.

He currently holds two Guinness World Records for longest motorcycle front ramp jump and longest motorcycle jump with a passenger.

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