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Uninsured driver banned for two years for speeding at 130mph on Bingley bypass

Uninsured driver banned for two years for speeding at 130mph on Bingley bypass
Uninsured driver banned for two years for speeding at 130mph on Bingley bypass

Uninsured driver banned for two years for speeding at 130mph on Bingley bypass

AN UNINSURED driver caught speeding at more than 130mph on the Bingley bypass - believed to be the highest recorded by police on the road - has been disqualified from driving for two years.
Kahsam Farooq, 20, who was in a Volkswagen Golf R32, was caught during Operation Steerside, a crackdown on dangerous drivers in the Bradford district, at about 12.30am on May 16 this year.
Police were forced to reach 134mph to catch the Golf, which had three male passengers. and Farooq had to swerve hard to avoid hitting the centre of a roundabout due to his sheer speed as he travelled through Bingley towards Keighley.
Farooq was clocked speeding at 100mph in the 50mph limit of the bypass and reached speeds of more than 130mph in the 70mph limit.
When he was eventually stopped, Farooq told police the Golf was registered with a man at an address in Thornton, Bradford, and was insured to another man in Settle, North Yorkshire.
Farooq, of Worth Avenue, Keighley, failed to appear for the hearing at Bradford and Keighley Magistrates’ Court yesterday, where he faced charges of driving without insurance, speeding in excess of 70mph and a speeding in excess of 50mph.
The court was told Farooq had a previously clean driving licence.
Outlining the case against him, Wayne Butterfield, prosecuting, said: “He had to negotiate a roundabout and had to brake hard and swerve to the left and avoid a collision with the centre of the roundabout.
“The police officer had to travel no less than 100mph to even make a gain on the vehicle. He was 300 yards behind the car.”
Yunus Mayat, chairman of the bench, called the manner of Farooq’s driving a “very, very serious matter”.




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