Lupset driver clocks 135mph on M1 motorway

M1 motorway near Sheffield  )no railway train on Bxing day' See story ????????  Picture Chris Lawton  26th Dec     2008

M1 motorway near Sheffield )no railway train on Bxing day' See story ???????? Picture Chris Lawton 26th Dec 2008

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A CAR driver hit speeds of up to 135mph on the motorway while being pursued by police, a court heard.

Wakefield magistrates heard police were called to a report of a Vauxhal Astra attempting to ram another vehicle near Cineworld, off Ings Road on August 20.

Police followed the car towards Dewsbury Road, Lupset where its speed increased but at first the driver complied with traffic lights.

But prosecutor Diane Gomersall said the car passed through a “solid red” at the junction with the M1 south bound, Ossett.

She said the car then failed to stop for police and “attained a speed of 135 before coming to a halt”.

The court heard the driver, Paul Anthony Byrne, then failed to provide a breath specimen. He had five attempts but wasn’t 
blowing properly.

Byrne, 42 was given the opportunity to give a blood sample instead but refused.

Byrne, of Whinney Moor Avenue, Lupset, admitted failing to provide a specimen of blood and speeding.

He denied ramming people off the road and said he’d had an altercation with a boy racer who nearly hit him.

Byrne said he panicked when the police put their lights on but pulled over as soon as he realised what he was doing.

He told the court he had a history of alcoholism but was seeking help.

Magistrate Pamela White said the court had heard about aggravating factors like him driving at an “exceptionally high speed”.

She adjourned sentencing until later this moth and imposed an interim driving ban.