This is the moment Chris Eubank claimed he was a policeman when he was challenged about using his mobile phone at the wheel of his Rolls Royce – before promptly driving off and jumping a red light.
The retired boxer was spotted by Mike van Erp – the same cycling vigilante who previously caught film director Guy Ritchie texting while driving in 2019.
The activist, who regularly hands footage to police of law-breaking drivers, pulled up beside the former WBO middleweight and super-middleweight champion in his £370,000 convertible car in Hyde Park.
Mr van Erp challenged Eubank for having his phone in his hands but did not recognise the legendary fighter, asking him during the confrontation: ‘Are you famous?’
In footage obtained by the Evening Standard, the pair have a discussion while stationary about Eubank holding the mobile, during which the star claims to be a police officer.
This is the moment Chris Eubank (pictured) claims he’s a policeman, then jumps a red light as he’s caught using a mobile phone at the wheel of a Rolls Royce
He then drives off through a red light ‘because he’s distracted on the phone’, Mr van Erp says.
Eubank was handed three penalty points and ordered to pay £280 in costs at Bromley Magistrates’ Court after admitting to failing to comply with the indication given by a traffic sign.
The video, filmed via a helmet-mounted camera on September 2 last year, Mr van Erp approaches the boxer and tells him: ‘Nice car, mate,’ before pointing out his phone was in his hand.
He added: ‘I was the person who got Guy Ritchie. I didn’t know who he was. Are you famous? I wouldn’t know who you were either.’
After pointing to his bluetooth hands-free system, Eubank then tells him: ‘Go away, go away, I’m an officer’.
Eubank was handed three penalty points and ordered to pay £280 in costs at Bromley Magistrates’ Court after admitting to failing to comply with the indication given by a traffic sign
In footage (pictured) obtained by the Evening Standard, the pair have a discussion while stationary about Eubank holding the mobile, during which the star claims to be a police officer
Phones in cars: What is the law on mobile use?
The law states you can only use a hand-held device behind the wheel if the car is safely parked.
Crucially, this does not include if you are waiting at traffic lights or in a queue.
The only exception if for emergency calls when it is not safe to stop
Punishment is six penalty points and a £200 fine, or if a driver has passed less than two weeks earlier they can even lose their licence
When asked if he means a police officer, the boxer replies: ‘Yeah, off you go, off you go,’ before driving away, through a red light.
Eubank is reported to have told the court that he ‘unintentionally’ did so to get away from a man ‘who admits he is a stalker’.
Ritchie became van Erp’s highest profile target last year when he was banned from driving for six months having been given six points on his licence for texting behind the wheel – taking his total to 15.
West Londoner Mr van Erp filmed Ritchie texting at the wheel while stationary in Hyde Park and posts videos of all his triumphs on his ‘CyclingMikey’ YouTube channel under names like ‘Give me the finger, get a Fixed Penalty Notice’, ‘A total scofflaw’ and ‘quite a satisfying piece of justice’.
Mr van Erp, a carer and full-time roller-skating instructor, has 22,400 subscribers and has previously described the ease with which he can land law-breaking drivers with a fine and possible disqualification.
‘I am empathetic to him [Richie] and other disqualified drivers,’ he said.
Mike van Erp, 48, caught Guy Richie using his phone while in stationary traffic in Hyde Park last year
Mr van Erp encountered Richie in Hyde Park at around 1pm on November 3, 2019. He is seen here in an Instagram photo
‘I have to look at myself to judge if I am doing the right thing.
‘London is probably the camera cyclist capital of the world. Last year I think I caught 358 drivers and two cyclists, it only takes a few minutes to submit a video.
‘You just fill out a form online and send it in. You do occasionally have to go to court, I have had to do it maybe five to ten times.’
Also shopped: Mr van Erp has hundreds of videos on his YouTube channel showing him catching drivers on their phones. Mr van Erp keeps a running tally of his successes on his CyclingMikey YouTube account, including the number of penalty points or amount in fines issued to each of his targets.