Man jailed for driving at 130mph and ploughing into police cars

A drunk driver who ploughed into three police cars at speeds of up to 130 miles an hour has been jailed for two years.

58-year-old, Martin Ralfs from Southampton, rammed into the marked police cars during a high speed chase along the M27 and A31, through the New Forest, in April.

Martin Ralfs jailed for two years Credit: Hampshire Police

Ralfs was seen speeding and swerving across lanes along the M27 in the early hours in his Honda Accord at an estimated 90mph

When police tried to stop him Ralfs tried to overtake, ramming the police car and driving off at around 100mph, rising to 129mph

Knowing that the car was heading back towards the M27, three police cars from the Roads Unit carried out a tactical containment in a bid to stop Ralfs safely.

However he refused to slow down and crashed into the back of two of the police cars.

One spun and crashed into the central reservation and the other one spun into the carriageway, both losing a rear wheel and suffering extensive damage.

The Honda came to a stop on the hard shoulder, Ralfs, who suffered minor injuries, was arrested.


The court heard how he later failed a roadside breath test and further tests revealed he was over the drink-drive limit.

The three officers involved suffered whiplash injuries and bruising. Ralfs was sentenced to 12 months in prison for dangerous driving and three months for drink-driving

He was also given a total of 12 months in prison for breaching the restraining order. This will run consecutively with the dangerous driving sentence, meaning he was sentenced to a total of two years in prison.

It was sheer luck that no one was seriously injured or killed as a result of Mr Ralfs’ reckless driving.

Fortunately, our highly trained roads policing officers were able to deploy specialist tactics to stop his dangerous driving and take him off our roads before anyone was seriously hurt.

His attempts to evade our officers were ultimately futile and I hope that this sentencing sends a clear message to anyone who thinks that drink-driving or speeding is worth the risk – it is not and the consequences can be fatal. He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and driving while alcohol level above limit.

– Sgt Mark Furse