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Driver with child in the car clocked doing more than 140mph

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Police have released shocking footage of a driver doing speeds of up to 140mph on the motorway, with a six-year-old boy in the passenger seat.

Mert Tanay, 26, had overtaken an unmarked police car at around 90mph, before increasing his speed still further as he weaved in and out of traffic.

Officers had to chase the motorist for ten miles and by the time he finally stopped, the child sitting next to him was said to have been “very shaken” by the high speed pursuit.

The incident happened on the M20, in Kent, on September 28th last year.

When interviewed later, Tanay said he had been distracted by thoughts of his upcoming wedding – at that time six months away.

At Canterbury Crown Court, the defendant admitted dangerous driving and was banned from getting back behind the wheel for three years. He will also have to complete 50 hours’ unpaid work.

Sergeant Chris Wade, of the Kent Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “The speed and manner of Mert Tanay’s driving in this case showed a complete disregard for the safety of other road users, not to mention that of his young passenger who looked very shaken by his experience.

“Tanay’s actions on what is a busy motorway fell far below what would be expected of a competent and careful driver.”

Last month, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) said that a number of drivers had been caught doing in excess of 140mph on motorways and urged tough punishments for those whose case was brought to court.

Speeding is by far the most common road traffic offence, as more and more motorists are caught out by fixed speed cameras or speed traps. Leeds-based solicitors Lester Morrill has a wealth of experience representing those facing speeding charges – for more details about how we can help, contact us today.