Jail for man who drove at 110mph drunk and in rain

Ex-es­tate agent’s mo­tor­way ‘mad­ness’ af­ter work night out

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Cash-strapped Commuters -

A for­mer es­tate agent has been jailed for driv­ing along the M20 at 110mph in driv­ing rain when he was over the al­co­hol limit.

Rhys Fisher, 26, from Ash­ford, over­took a po­lice car on the Lon­don-bound mo­tor­way at about 10.45pm in Jan­uary, Sam Thomas, prose­cut­ing, told Can­ter­bury Crown Court.

The po­lice car was driv­ing at about 50mph be­cause there was heavy rain and the road was very wet.

“Fisher over­took at high speed and then pulled into the left hand lane,” Mr Thomas said. “He then ac­cel­er­ated away from the of­fi­cers. They pur­sued him and reached speeds up to 125 mph.”

Mr Thomas said the po­lice caught up with Fisher when he left the M20 at Ash­ford and stopped at traf­fic lights. He gave a pos­i­tive breath test and was ar­rested.

His read­ing was 56 millil­itres of al­co­hol in 100 millil­itres of breath. The le­gal limit is 35.

The po­lice main­tained Fisher drove at 125mph but he said he did not go above 110mph and the pros­e­cu­tion ac­cepted that, Mr Thomas added.

Fisher, from Tun­bridge Way, Sin­gle­ton ad­mit­ted driv­ing dan­ger­ously and driv­ing with ex­cess al­co­hol. He was jailed for five months, banned from driv­ing for three years, fined £500 and or­dered to take an ex­tended test be­fore he can drive again.

John Dowl­man, de­fend­ing, said Fisher had no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions and on the night of the of­fence had been out for din­ner.

He drank beer with the meal and a cock­tail af­ter­wards be­fore driv­ing home on the M20.

“As soon as he saw the blue lights of the po­lice car he pulled over,” Mr Dowl­man said.

“He was driv­ing far too fast but not er­rat­i­cally. He has worked since leav­ing school but has lost his job as an es­tate agent as a li­cence is es­sen­tial.

“He is now work­ing for his fa­ther as a labourer to keep up mort­gage pay­ments. His prospects are not good. He has messed up and he ac­cepts it is his own fault. He strug­gles to un­der­stand why he did it.”

Judge James O’Ma­hony told fisher: “This was mad­ness but a se­ri­ous fac­tor is that you de­lib­er­ately dis­re­garded the safety of other peo­ple us­ing this road.

“You were driv­ing a high per­for­mance car at high speed in drink. The po­lice were driv­ing at 50mph be­cause of the road con­di­tions and you were driv­ing at 110mph. You were a huge dan­ger to your­self and oth­ers.

“It doesn’t take long for some­one to lose con­trol of a car in th­ese toxic con­di­tions of speed and drink.”

Pic­ture: iS­tock.com

Rhys Fisher was clocked at 110mph while over the limit af­ter a night out to din­ner with col­leagues

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