Blitz on illegal car cruisers continues as new footage shows arrest of 100mph racer
This is the moment an illegal street racer was brought to a grinding halt after tearing through the Black Country at more than 100mph.
Our traffic officers were on the lookout for dangerous drivers after a car cruising event was spotted on Springvale Avenue in Wolverhampton.
They suddenly saw a Vauxhall Corsa and an Astra speeding round a traffic island and onto the Black Country New Road.
The Astra made off so officers followed the Corsa, hitting 109mph as they caught up with it, but the driver refused to stop.
The pursuit was briefly abandoned when the Corsa swerved onto the wrong side of the Birmingham New Road for a third of a mile, before officers were able to safely follow it again as it headed towards Woodsetton.
Officers backed off to allow the helicopter to safely lead the pursuit, and it guided officers in to block the Corsa and make the arrest.
Uninsured Anthony Barnes, 30, was behind the wheel and was detained as the car was surrounded by officers and a police dog.
Supt Rich Agar said: “His driving was dangerous and the risks to others on the road were high, but Barnes completely disregarded their safety and his own.
“Street racing and illegal vehicle gatherings are a nuisance and a danger for our communities and we take the issue incredibly seriously.
“We get lots of complaints from residents and other road users who are put at risk by these gatherings, and we’ll continue to disrupt those who take part in them.
“We appreciate people’s passion for their cars, and many officers on our traffic unit share that passion.
“But we can’t tolerate people turning the roads of the West Midlands into their personal racetracks.”
Provisional licence holder Barnes, of Bridgefield Walk, Rowley Regis, has now been jailed for six months, suspended for 18 months, and banned from driving for two years after admitting dangerous driving, and driving without a licence or insurance.
He was also ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work.