A getaway driver who reached speeds of 180mph to try to escape a police helicopter on the M6 has been given 9 years in jail.
33-year-old Ben Westwood from Wolverhampton, tried to get away from the helicopter in a chase that covered 65 miles.
He was driving a stolen convertible Audi RS5 along the M6, in the West Midlands, on the 13th January this year.
Police gave chase by car and helicopter after spotting a gang trying to rob a cash machine in Penn in the West Midlands but they could not keep up with the £85,000 sports car.
It's one of only two of it's kind in the UK. Westwood was charged with for dangerous driving and conspiracy to burgle and steal. He was found guilty by a jury of conspiracy to steal on 13th July
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Nioron Parker-Lee – named by police as the prime suspect in the case – remains on the run with a £6,000 reward for information.
Car-cruisers are being reminded they could face a prison sentence if they are caught driving at excessive speeds in certain areas of the M1.
The judge said Minton suffers from a personality disorder which when mixed with alcohol, results in dangerous behaviour towards others.