150mph child-carrying driver jailed


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A driver who was caught by police speeding at 150mph while carrying four unrestrained infants has been jailed for 20 weeks.

Keith Millard, 27, was spotted driving a black Mercedes above the 70mph speed limit as police were carrying out a speed check on the A1 in Cambridgeshire.

Following him onto the A14, officers were able to catch up with him due to heavy traffic, and pulled him over.

In addition to an adult female in the front passenger seat, the police found that Millard was carrying four children, including six-month-old twins, a one-year-old girl and a two year old boy. All were crammed into the rear of the vehicle and weren't wearing seatbelts or restraints of any kind. The boy was even found to be sitting in a footwell.

Millard claimed that he was trying to get to Dover in time to board the last ferry to Germany as he had missed a crossing at Hull.

After further investigation, the officers found that the Mercedes actually belonged to Millard's father, and that he wasn't insured to drive it.

The Doncaster local admitted dangerous driving and driving without insurance at Peterborough Crown Court. On top of his custodial sentence, he was banned from driving for three years and will have to sit an extended driving test to get his licence back.

He was also ordered to pay £600 in costs and a £100 victim surcharge.

Commenting on the case to the BBC, Police Sergeant Gordon Murray said: "It is shocking to think of the danger that Millard put these young children in.

"Not only would any collision, or loss of control at such speeds have potentially tragic consequences for both the driver and other road users, but the effect on unrestrained toddlers would almost certainly have been fatal.

"It is only through sheer luck that no-one was injured or killed by his driving."

Author: Shazmeen Begum