Driver tries to trick police by jumping into back seat after 137mph M6 pursuit
This is the moment police brought a dangerous driver’s 137mph getaway to an end − before he jumped into the back seat of the car and claimed he wasn’t driving.
Officers used tactical contact to stop the Mini Cooper from driving the wrong way up an M6 slip road.
Central Motorway Police Group officers had spotted the Mini just before 3.20pm on 18 September near to junction 9.
They’d been told about an car matching the description which had been stolen in a burglary in Halesowen, so followed it. The Mini headed onto the M54 before it sped away from officers, who started a pursuit.
The Mini regularly hit speeds in excess of 100mph, often driving on the hard shoulder and weaving between lanes.
At junction 10 of the M6, the driver tried to head the wrong way up a slip road. Officers used tactical contact to halt the car safely.
David Brennan, 23, jumped out of the driver’s seat and into the back of the car − but he didn’t fool officers, who had captured his every move on camera.
Unemployed Brennan, of Tamerton Road, Bartley Green, went on to admit dangerous driving and driving while disqualified and was jailed for 18 months at Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday (31 October).
He was given a further three-year driving ban.
Sgt Mitch Darby, who pursued Brennan, said: “This was appalling driving on one of the busiest sections of motorway in the country, which put other drivers at risk.
“We had no option but to use our training to safely bring the pursuit to an end, before the Mini had a chance to go on to potentially be involved in a head-on collision on the slip road.
“Brennan thought he could pull the wool over our eyes with a quick jump over the seats and into the back of the car, but we’d seen it happen and it was all caught on video."