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Story by: JOHN ELWORTHY
Monday, June 30, 2014
A driver was caught travelling at 150mph on a Cambridgeshire road while four young children were in the car without seatbelts.
Keith Millard, 27, of Blakewell Road, Berwick-upon-Tweed, was spotted driving a black Mercedes 320 down the A1 at Norman Cross by officers carrying out a speed check at about 9.35pm on September 14.
Officers followed the car to the A14 where it slowed to about 90mph due to heavy traffic, allowing officers to catch up and it was pulled over close to the M11 split.
When officers got to the vehicle, a woman was sat in the passenger seat, while in the back were six-month old twins in car seats facing forwards and not secured with seatbelts; a one-year-old girl asleep on the seat between the twins and a two-year-old boy in the footwell.
Millard told officers he was trying to get to Dover in time to board the last ferry to Germany after missing a vessel in Hull.
Investigations revealed that the Mercedes was owned by Millard’s father but he was not insured to drive it.
He was summonsed to court charged with dangerous driving and driving with no insurance.
However, Millard failed to attend the initial hearing and was arrested at Edinburgh Airport when he flew back into Scotland.
Cambridgeshire officers travelled up to Scotland to bring him back to the county.
He admitted both charges and was jailed for 20 weeks at Peterborough Crown Court on Tuesday, June 17.
He was also banned from driving for three years and will have to sit a further test before being given his licence back, ordered to pay £600 costs and a £100 victim surcharge.
Sergeant Gordon Murray said: “It is shocking to think of the danger that Millard put these young children in.
“Not only would any collision, or loss of control, at such speeds have potentially tragic consequences for both the driver and other road users, but the effect on unrestrained toddlers would almost certainly have been fatal.
“It is only through sheer luck, that no one was injured or killed by his driving and this case should send a strong message that such reckless behaviour will not be tolerated by police or the courts.”