Moment Bristol man overtakes unmarked police car at 150mph on M4 in Wiltshire

  • Moment driver overtakes police at 150mph

A man who overtook an unmarked police car on the M4 while reaching speeds of up to 150mph has been handed a driving ban and fined more than £500.

An officer was on patrol on the westbound carriageway of the motorway between Junctions 15 and 16 in the early hours of 14 November, when she became aware of a vehicle approaching rapidly.

As the silver Mercedes passed her unmarked police car, it was clear that it was being driven well over the speed limit so she radioed for support from colleagues.

It was monitored by police to be travelling at speeds between 120mph and 150mph, staying in lanes 2 and 3, despite lane 1 being clear.

The driver Sajawal Khan, 23, of Stottbury Road, Bristol, had three passengers in the car and said he was travelling home from London after celebrating his birthday.

He appeared at Swindon Magistrates Court on Tuesday 3 May and pleaded guilty to speeding. He was disqualified from driving for 12 months and fined £508.

PC Alexandra Way, from Wiltshire Police’s Roads Policing Unit, was the arresting officer.

She said: “We work hard to keep our roads safe and we focus on something called the fatal four, which is the four factors which are most likely to contribute to a fatal or serious injury road traffic collision.

“These are drink/drug driving, not wearing a seatbelt, driving while distracted, and driving at excess speed.

“There is no doubt that driving more than twice the legal speed limit on a motorway poses a huge risk, not only to the driver themselves and any passengers in that vehicle, but other road users as well.

“We will continue to crack down on this sort of illegal and dangerous behaviour, by educating motorists about these risks, but also taking enforcement action when we see drivers breaking the law.”