Man who drove through Coventry at 90mph sent to prison

A young driver who sped at over 90mph on a birthday joyride has been sent to prison for a year.

Tony Berrill also ran red lights and dangerously overtook during the ride in Coventry on 5th October last year.

And while patrol officers had to give up their pursuit in the streets for fear of a collision, a police helicopter tracked Berrill and enabled police to make an arrest on Sewall Highway.

Berrill, of no fixed address, was sent to prison for a year and banned from driving for three-and-a-half years.

“It’s some of the worst driving I’ve ever seen: he was driving at speeds approaching 70 miles per hour in 30-zones, the wrong way around roundabouts, and into oncoming traffic on dual carriageways,” said CMPG Roads Policing officer Mitch Darby.

“He was banned from driving but showed a complete disregard for the disqualification, plus the safety of his passengers and other road users.

“Throughout his police interview, Berrill was aggressive, belligerent and showed no remorse. He told us he was ‘out for a laugh’ on his birthday − his driving was no laughing matter, though, and could have resulted in tragic consequences.

“A prison sentence is inevitable for anyone prepared to put innocent members of the public in danger by driving in this manner.”

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