A young learner driver in the UK has been jailed for eight months after leading police on a high-speed chase at speeds reaching 137 mph (220 km/h).
Fox News reports that local police attempted to pull over a used Subaru Impreza being driven by 23-year-old Leon Lloyd because the car didn’t have insurance. The young driver had only purchased the Impreza earlier that day and despite initially pulling over at a highway rest stop, decided to speed away in an attempt to outrun the police.
Dramatic dashcam footage from the police car shows that it simply couldn’t keep up with the Impreza as it sprinted off into the distance. However, after approximately nine miles (14 km) of trying to flee from officers, the engine of the Subaru blew up, leaving in its wake a plume of blue smoke, allowing officers to catch up and pull over the driver.
The prosecuting attorney told a court that “the police were surprised the Subaru could go that fast, and in fact its engine blew up.”
Lloyd admitted that he was indeed driving the car dangerously and without insurance or a license. Judge Timothy Rose was not impressed and handed the 23-year-old an eight-month jail sentence and a three-year driving ban.
“There were dozens and dozens of vehicles coming towards you,” Judge Rose said. “One slight hiccup with the steering wheel would have caused a collision with possible multiple fatalities.”