On-the-run driver speeds at 85mph the wrong way along motorway
Terrifying moment on-the-run driver speeds at 85mph the wrong way along motorway hard shoulder is revealed as he is jailed for 16 months
- Kieran Philibin, 36, fled police at speed for 1.5 miles before escaping on foot
- He was convicted of dangerous and drug-driving, and driving without insurance
This is the moment an on-the-run driver, who has been jailed for 16 months, raced down the wrong side of a motorway hard shoulder at speeds of more than 85mph.
The motorist has been named as Kieran Philibin, 36, who according to police displayed an ‘appalling piece of driving’ on the M65 in Lancashire.
At around 8.30pm on July 31 officers were on the look out for Philibin’s blue Ford Fiesta which was believed to have false registration plates.
The Fiesta was spotted by officers and Philibin failed to stop.
A pursuit ensued in which the driver jumped a red light and went the wrong way around a roundabout and then the wrong way down the dual carriageway section of Princess Way heading towards Junction 11 of the M65.
The Fiesta (circled) was spotted by officers and Philibin failed to stop. He then drove the wrong way down the motorway at a high speed
Kieran Philibin, 36, was charged and convicted of dangerous driving, failing to stop, driving without insurance and drug-driving
After engaging in more reckless driving, Philibin entered the M65 at Junction 11 and drove the wrong way up the slip road towards oncoming traffic at speed for 1.5 miles.
After coming to a stop, Philibin and a passenger fled from the scene.
The passenger was detained a short distance away from the car and Philibin was arrested hiding nearby.
Philibin, of Samuel Street, Stockport, was charged and convicted of dangerous driving, failing to stop, driving without insurance and drug-driving.
He appeared at Burnley Crown Court and was sentenced to 16 months in prison and disqualified from driving for 5 years and 8 months. He must take an extended re-test.
PC Anthony Beckett, of Lancashire Police’s Tactical Operations, said: ‘This was an appalling piece of driving committed by a man who was actively trying to evade arrest.
‘As shown the footage there were many motorists on the M65 that day who will have been shocked and terrified by Philibin’s reckless and selfish actions, which could have easily resulted in somebody being seriously injured or killed.
‘This behaviour will not be tolerated on the roads of Lancashire and we will do everything in our power to put the perpetrators before the courts.’
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