Fastest driver in Britain jailed

A man caught doing 180mph in a police chase on a motorway in the West Midlands has been jailed for nine years.

Thought to be the fastest driver to be caught in the UK, Ben Westwood of Wednesfield, was found guilty of dangerous driving and conspiracy to burgle and steal earlier this month, and has also been banned from driving for four years, reported BBC News.

Wolverhampton Crown Court heard how during the 65-mile chase in January, 33-year-old Westwood almost outpaced the police helicopter in a stolen car.

Westwood was driving a modified Audi RS5 worth £85,000 which had been stolen from Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire in August 2011.

Police said the car was then linked to 16 raids across Staffordshire, Shropshire and the West Midlands, including incidents at a bowling alley and a jewellers. The raids took place between August 2011 and January 2012, during which the car, originally white, was sprayed silver and then black.

The chase, in the early hours of 13 January, took place after a raid on the Murco petrol station in Wolverhampton.

Footage from a police helicopter showed Westwood being chased down the M6 before doing a U-turn, driving the car the wrong way up the sliproad before joining the main carriageway again.

Westwood managed to get away and abandon the car, before being tracked down by police dogs and arrested.