Motorcycle Rider Who Filmed Police Chase Gets Four Years

Hamza Ali Ben Ali faces similar charges in connection with a Plainfield incident.

Hamza Ali Ben Ali. Credit: DuPage County Sheriff's Office
Hamza Ali Ben Ali. Credit: DuPage County Sheriff's Office
A Plainfield man found guilty of aggravated fleeing and eluding a police officer during a chase he filmed and posted to YouTube was sentenced to four years in prison on Friday, and could get even more time for similar charges in Will County.

Hamza Ali Ben Ali, 31, led Westmont police on a high-speed chase in October 2012 while filming the pursuit with a video camera mounted on the back of his Honda CBR 1000 motorcycle.

Prosecutors said Ali, who was also convicted of driving on a suspended license, led officers on a dangerous chase from Wesmont to Darien, reaching speeds of 115 mph, according to the Daily Herald.

Ali is accused of attempting a similar stunt a month later in Plainfield. According to the Daily Herald, Plainfield Officer Martin Van Heejswik testified that Ali was riding the same motorcycle when he approached the officer's vehicle at an intersection, leaned in the window, said, "Bye bye," and fled.

Ali was out on bond in a Cook County aggravated assault case during the two incidents, and was wearing a GPS tracking device. Prosecutors said the device, which updates every three minutes, matched video evidence posted to Ali's YouTube channel and police dashboard camera, the Daily Herald reported.

A seven-minute video of the Westmont chase, titled "Da OutLaw 6's playing with police while being chased," was posted to YouTube.

Ali, an Algerian citizen, also faces deportation as part of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement case.

Jake Wilken June 16, 2014 at 09:03 AM
Get the f out of the country. Time to ship this piece of crap back to his crap hole nation!!
patrick June 16, 2014 at 09:33 AM
Ok first off why did he run second 6years in prison is overkill if you think this will stop him guess again i bet any money he's obviously got some kind of mental problems with the police concidering were he's from my point is this why waste our tax dollars on sending yet another alien to the US just deport his ass back to were he's from n let his government deal w his issues the USA is not the worlds mental health depot
You can't handle the truth! June 16, 2014 at 09:45 AM
I agree just send him back and don't let him come back here again. Four years for fleeing seems excessive. You can lure someone to your house watch them get murdered then have sex on top of the dead bodies and get less time. And Patrick he ran because he was playing a catch me if you can game with police. He was next to the cop at the light and said bye bye. He wanted to be chased by police just for the cat and mouse game of getting away.
Dense much? June 16, 2014 at 12:50 PM
He gives responsible bikers a bad rap.
DontBeASheep June 16, 2014 at 04:09 PM
If you watch closely during the chase you can see the cop stop at Dunkin Donuts real quick. Next time this happens the police better call someone from Jimmy Johns to chase the culprit.


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