Man takes children on 100mph joyride


Police chase screenshot

A father of three, who engaged police in a high-speed motorway chase while his children were in the back of his car, has been jailed.

Jason Thomas was filmed driving at speeds of over 100mph on the M5 near Worcester, attempting to evade a pursuing police car by using the hard shoulder and weaving in and out of traffic.

Police had suspected the 33-year-old of carrying drugs in his vehicle and attempted to pull him over. Unfortunately, Thomas had only just picked his children up from school, and subjected them to a terrifying high-speed ride.

He was finally arrested after crashing his silver Vauxhall Vectra into an oncoming car – injuring its elderly occupants – but not before he had attempted to flee the scene without checking whether his children had been hurt in the collision.

Sentencing him to a total of 22 months for dangerous driving and for driving while disqualified and without insurance, Judge Michael Cullum said: "In some ways, the most shocking thing about the whole episode was when, having crashed, the rear door of your vehicle opened and the out-stretched arm of your young child can be seen," reported the Telegraph.

"What sort of person drives like that with their own three children and their partner in the vehicle?

"You didn't wait to see how the people in the other vehicle were - you didn't care about that.You even ran away from your own family."

Thomas was also banned from driving for 10 years.

Click play below to watch dash-cam footage of the chase as it happened.