The driver who was caught speeding at 120 mph claimed he was ‘fasting and needed to get home.’
A YOUNG DRIVER who sped at 120 mph on a highway because he was “fasting and needed to get home” has been let off the hook.
On the M602 in Salford, Greater Manchester, Bilal Ahmed, 26, was seen weaving in and out of lanes and tailgating. When authorities finally apprehended him, he said he was “fasting” and “wanted to get home.”
Ahmed did not crash his silver Audi A3 by a “miracle,” a judge remarked Tuesday, but she spared him a jail sentence. According to the Manchester Evening News, she put his 12-month sentence on hold for a year.
“You came this close to obtaining an instant term of imprisonment,” judge Elizabeth Nicholls told the motorist at Manchester Crown Court.
“Your driving style put the safety of other road users in peril.
“You were tailgating and driving at extreme speeds, always exceeding the speed limit.
“At one point, you hit speeds of almost 120 mph.
“It’s nothing short of a miracle that there was no accident.
“I disagree with your explanation. You were driving aggressively because that was the way you preferred to drive.”
Ahmed was also sentenced to 150 hours of unpaid labor and 10 days of rehabilitative activity.
On Thursday, May 6 at around 8.15 p.m., officers in an unmarked police car noticed Ahmed driving erratically on the highway, according to the court.
Ahmed was above the speed limit the entire time he was being observed, reaching 121 mph at one point.
During his sentence hearing, five minutes of footage from the police car’s dashboard camera showing his “aggressive” driving was shown.
Ahmed was also found not to be insured on the car, according to prosecutor Denise Fitzpatrick.
He acknowledged to driving recklessly and without insurance.
Since the event, Ahmed, from Stretford, Greater Manchester, has not driven.
Ahmed’s lawyer, Rachel Cooper, told the court that Ahmed’s now-wife had an ex-partner who had been abusive to both of them.
On the day in question, Ahmed stated he was at her house “calming her down,” which had “played into his state of mind.”
“Part of his concern as he drove was whether this man had reached out to people in the local community and that was why he was being followed,” Ms Cooper continued.
She said Ahmed was not a “boy racer” and had reached the age of 26 with no criminal record.