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SUSPENDED SENTENCE: Driver spared jail after driving over 100mph on M25 near St Albans  

 Published on: 20th February 2020   |   By: News Desk   |   Category: Uncategorized

A speeding driver who drove a courtesy car over 100mph on the M25 from St Albans to Potters Bar was spared jail after pleading guilty to dangerous driving. 

Ali Basidik, from Winchmore Hill, had been spotted by police, on the night of October 1, last year, driving at ridiculous speeds on a very wet motorway, with standing water on the carriageway.

The police officer had to accelerate to just short of 125mph to catch up with Mr Basidik. 

The court heard today (February 20) that Basidik had been speeding home between J22, for St Albans, and J24, for Potters Bar, because his mother had been taken ill. 

He been loaned an Audi Q5 while own car was in for a service.

Prosecutor Adam Norris said: “The police officer had to accelerate to just short of 125mph to catch up with the vehicle that was in the outside lane.

“At one point the defendant braked for speed cameras and then accelerated again.

“He passed gantries which showed a speed limit of 50mph as road workers were coning off one of the lanes. The car was going at 116 miles per hour as it passed a worker.

“It pulled over abruptly to lane one and almost hit a car.”

Mr Norris said that Basidik came off the motorway and stopped. He went on: “The driving, in the opinion of one of the police officers who has 14 years of expertise, was that it was some of worst driving he had seen.”

Basidik had pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and had no previous convictions.

The court heard that he had received a message that his mother was ill. He said he acted as the carer for both his parents and looked after a younger sister.

Judge Michael Kay QC told him: “This driving was stupid, reckless and above all dangerous. You ran the risk of an accident and of killing somebody.”

The judge said Basidik had shown signs of understanding and remorse and passed a six-month jail sentence suspended for two years. He must abide by a curfew for 6 months between 8pm and 6am.

Basidik was also banned from driving for 18 months and must take an extended test before he drives again.

Picture courtesy Jaroslaw Kilian/Shutterstock.com

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