Newport driver hit 120mph in police chase

South Wales Argus: Newport driver hit 120mph in police chase Newport driver hit 120mph in police chase

A DRIVER hit speeds of 120mph during a police chase on wet city roads, a court was told.

Ricki Williams, 24, was banned from driving for a year yesterday after speeding away from traffic officers in a BMW on the A4042 in Newport in January 2013, Cwmbran Magistrates’ Court heard.

When officers managed to pull him over, he said he was speeding to get home because he was tagged.

Williams was banned for 12 months for disqualified driving in 2010 and received another one-year ban last June for drink driving, the court heard.

“It is such a horrible high speed,” said magistrate Mohammed Miah , who described it as “off the scale”.

Williams was given a fresh 12-month ban and fined £400, plus £125 in costs and a surcharge.

Sgt Carolyne Jeffries told the court how her colleagues were forced to drive at 130mph to catch up with him on the A4042 on the evening of January 11 last year.

Williams kept accelerating on the wet dual carriageway and one of the officers in the marked police car said: “He’s going for it.”

The chase unfolded just before 10pm as Williams drove the BMW convertible between Cwmbran and Newport. Police passed Malpas Road and the Grove Park roundabout during the pursuit, and finally managed to stop him at the Harlequin roundabout in Crindau, Sgt Jeffries said.

Police footage showed his average speed was 90mph. The maximum speed limit on the dual carriageway is 70mph.

When officers quizzed him, he said: “I was just trying to get home because of my tag.”

Williams, formerly of Conway Road, Newport, is currently in custody at Parc Prison in Bridgend, but did not attend.

He was charged with one count of speeding in a 70mph zone and a further count of driving a BMW without a licence. Both cases were proven in his absence.

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7:30am Thu 30 Jan 14

regaturn says...

12 months for the case to get to court? Does not exactly fill you with confidence !
12 months for the case to get to court? Does not exactly fill you with confidence ! regaturn
  • Score: 18

8:32am Thu 30 Jan 14

blackandamber says...

Surely this warranted a jail sentence. Oh sorry I just woke up, forgot I was in modern Britain where nobody is guilty of anything any more.
Surely this warranted a jail sentence. Oh sorry I just woke up, forgot I was in modern Britain where nobody is guilty of anything any more. blackandamber
  • Score: 25

8:33am Thu 30 Jan 14

Woodgnome says...

Pathetically inadequate that sends out the wrong message.
Pathetically inadequate that sends out the wrong message. Woodgnome
  • Score: 17

8:47am Thu 30 Jan 14

no cheese says...

Isn't this news slightly late?? It happened in 2013 surely it didnt take 12 months to catch up with him.
Isn't this news slightly late?? It happened in 2013 surely it didnt take 12 months to catch up with him. no cheese
  • Score: 13

11:35am Thu 30 Jan 14

Abertillery29 says...

Everybody above says it all - too long to go to court and a totally inadequate sentence.
Everybody above says it all - too long to go to court and a totally inadequate sentence. Abertillery29
  • Score: 16

1:02pm Thu 30 Jan 14

DDDog1 says...

12 months????
This idiot should never be allowed to drive again.
12 months???? This idiot should never be allowed to drive again. DDDog1
  • Score: 18

8:33pm Thu 30 Jan 14

DDDog1 says...

DDDog1 wrote:
12 months????
This idiot should never be allowed to drive again.
For some reason I've had a warning off the editor over this remark
[quote][p][bold]DDDog1[/bold] wrote: 12 months???? This idiot should never be allowed to drive again.[/p][/quote]For some reason I've had a warning off the editor over this remark DDDog1
  • Score: 2

2:49pm Fri 31 Jan 14

whatintheworld says...

DDDog1 wrote:
DDDog1 wrote: 12 months???? This idiot should never be allowed to drive again.
For some reason I've had a warning off the editor over this remark
someone must have clicked "report this post". dont see why though!

to those suggesting the driver should be locked up - do we really want to spend tens of thousands of pounds to provide this non-violent mug free bed and board?
[quote][p][bold]DDDog1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DDDog1[/bold] wrote: 12 months???? This idiot should never be allowed to drive again.[/p][/quote]For some reason I've had a warning off the editor over this remark[/p][/quote]someone must have clicked "report this post". dont see why though! to those suggesting the driver should be locked up - do we really want to spend tens of thousands of pounds to provide this non-violent mug free bed and board? whatintheworld
  • Score: 0

8:41pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Dee-Gee says...

whatintheworld wrote:
DDDog1 wrote:
DDDog1 wrote: 12 months???? This idiot should never be allowed to drive again.
For some reason I've had a warning off the editor over this remark
someone must have clicked "report this post". dont see why though!

to those suggesting the driver should be locked up - do we really want to spend tens of thousands of pounds to provide this non-violent mug free bed and board?
Might be worth consideration, depending on the risk of repetition, for reasons of public safety. At the end of the day, it doesn't really matter if he MEANS to kill anyone next time he chooses to go that speed, chances are he will.
[quote][p][bold]whatintheworld[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DDDog1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DDDog1[/bold] wrote: 12 months???? This idiot should never be allowed to drive again.[/p][/quote]For some reason I've had a warning off the editor over this remark[/p][/quote]someone must have clicked "report this post". dont see why though! to those suggesting the driver should be locked up - do we really want to spend tens of thousands of pounds to provide this non-violent mug free bed and board?[/p][/quote]Might be worth consideration, depending on the risk of repetition, for reasons of public safety. At the end of the day, it doesn't really matter if he MEANS to kill anyone next time he chooses to go that speed, chances are he will. Dee-Gee
  • Score: 0

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