Jailed: Driver who sped at 110mph wrong way on mo­tor­way

Dis­qual­i­fied mo­torist crashed af­ter chase:

Accrington Observer - - FRONT PAGE - JON MACPHER­SON jon.macpher­son@men-news.co.uk @JonMacMEN

James Honey, 25, pleaded guilty to dan­ger­ous driv­ing, driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied and with­out in­surance and fail­ing to stop af­ter an ac­ci­dent

ADISQUALIFIED driver who was chased the WRONG WAY down a mo­tor­way at 110mph be­fore crash­ing into a po­lice car has been jailed.

James Honey, from Ac­cring­ton, was spot­ted by po­lice on the M6 in Cum­bria us­ing a stolen Seat Leon car at around 1.30am on July 29 this year, a court heard.

When of­fi­cers tried to stop the 25-year-old he ‘pan­icked’ and fled down the M6 to­wards Lan­cashire at speeds reach­ing 100mph. Craig MacGre­gor, pros­e­cut­ing, told Pre­ston Crown Court how of­fi­cers tried to stop Honey us­ing stinger de­vices, how­ever he avoided them by turn­ing on to the M55 to­wards Black­pool.

The court heard that Honey then ‘very quickly’ per­formed a U-turn and trav­elled back along the M55 in the WRONG di­rec­tion.

He then turned back onto the M6 and again drove the wrong way down the north­bound car­riage­way reach­ing speeds of 110mph.

Mr McGre­gor said a ‘sig­nif­i­cant num­ber’ of po­lice ve­hi­cles and the force he­li­copter were called to the area and of­fi­cers stopped traf­fic head­ing north­bound at Junc­tion 31 near Pre­ston us­ing a rolling road­block.

When Honey ap­proached the road­block he was seen ‘wav­ing from side to side’ on the mo­tor­way be­fore try­ing to es­cape down the hard shoul­der.

How­ever his ef­forts were thwarted by ‘coura­geous and dili­gent’ po­lice of­fi­cer PC Matthew Burn who cut across his path and ‘rammed’ into his car.

The court heard that Honey tried to flee the scene and hide in a bush but was tack­led to the ground by of­fi­cers and rup­tured his ten­dons and lig­a­ments.

Mr MacGre­gor told the court that Honey tried to blame a female pas­sen­ger in the car and de­nied be­ing the driver.

He told of­fi­cers: “I wasn’t driv­ing. The driver is still down there.”

Honey, of As­cot Way, pleaded guilty to dan­ger­ous driv­ing, driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied and with­out in­surance, fail­ing to stop af­ter an ac­ci­dent and all while in beach of a sus­pended prison sen­tence.

He was jailed for 23 months, dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for five years and or­dered to take an ex­tended re-test.

The Ob­server re­ported in October last year how Honey was given a sus­pended jail sen­tence for a ‘road rage’ in­ci­dent where he threat­ened two nurses with a base­ball bat af­ter a ‘near miss’ at a traf­fic light.

These shock­ing images show James Honey driv­ing the wrong way down the M6 in a stolen car be­fore crash­ing into a po­lice ve­hi­cle

A po­lice cam­era shot of James Honey (right) driv­ing the wrong way down the M6

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