Shocking video shows drug driver wrecking A1 at 125 before handbrake turn
Hair-raising moment a drug driver speeds the wrong way down the A1 at 125mph in a terrifying police chase before pulling a dangerous U-turn with the handbrake – while jailed for 20 months
- Thomas Garfitt, 29, led police on a terrifying 27-minute chase in South Yorkshire
This is the terrifying moment a drug driver was filmed driving the wrong way one of Britain’s main motorways before pulling a dangerous handbrake bend.
Thomas Garfitt, 29, was captured in stunning footage performing the outrageous maneuver on the A1, which connects London to Edinburgh. He has since been imprisoned for 20 months.
In the film, released by cops, he is seen reaching speeds of 125mph during a dramatic 27-minute police chase. He was captured driving through red lights and narrowly avoiding an accident as he weaves through traffic and cuts off motorists at high-speed roundabouts.
A radio handler gasps audibly as he suddenly pulls the U-turn onto the main carriageway, narrowly missing oncoming traffic.
This is the terrifying moment a drug driver was filmed driving the wrong way on one of Britain’s major motorways before pulling a dangerous handbrake turn
In shocking footage taken by a police helicopter, Garfitt can be seen speeding along the hard shoulder in oncoming traffic on the A1 in South Yorkshire
Sheffield Crown Court heard it was a ‘minor miracle’. Garfitt’s conduct did not result in “serious injury or injury”.
The chase began at 8pm on April 25 when Garfitt suddenly took off from suspicious officers who had stopped his car in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.
Garfitt pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, disqualified driving and failure to provide a specimen. He was jailed for 20 months on May 17 and banned from driving for four years and ten months
And after crossing the city center roads, he reached the M1 motorway, where he weaved through traffic while exceeding almost double the speed limit.
Six police vehicles and a helicopter were pursuing Garfitt when he turned the wrong way onto the A1 dual carriageway, driving along the hard shoulder of the road.
He then made a bold turn by hand in the middle of the road, after spotting a hole in the traffic, and returned to the path he had just come from.
The long chase ended when Garfitt finally stopped his car and when police tested him they found he was positive for cocaine.
Garfitt was charged with dangerous driving, disqualified driving and failure to provide a specimen. He pleaded guilty to the offenses at Sheffield Crown Court.
He was jailed for 20 months on May 17 and banned from driving for four years and ten months.
In the film, released by the cops, he is seen reaching speeds of 125mph during a dramatic 27-minute police chase
Speaking after his sentencing, Acting Sergeant Joe Binley of South Yorkshire Police said he was happy the dangerous driver had been sent to jail.
He said: ‘We often find that drivers who don’t stop for us, usually during a routine stop, are linked to greater criminality and will do whatever they can to avoid talking to us.
“We want drivers like Garfitt who are willing to pose such a risk on our roads, and I’m glad he was sentenced to prison for his actions.”
“Throughout a pursuit, we continuously monitor the risk to the public, the risk to ourselves, and the risk to the suspect.”