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Teenager Reaches 140mph In Dad's BMW During Police Chase

Teenager Reaches 140mph In Dad's BMW During Police Chase

A teenager reached 140mph in his dad's car after being chased by the police.

Kareem Hamoudeh was arrested following a 20-minute pursuit, during which he was only stopped after officers deployed a 'stinger' to burst his tyres.

The 19-year-old was driving his dad's BMW when he was spotted going through a red light in Swansea, South Wales, on 29 February.

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Refusing to pull over, the teen driver attempted to make a quick getaway and became involved in a high-speed chase.

According to Wales Online, Hamoudeh clocked 80mph as he made his way through six red lights while trying to get to the M4.

His speed then climbed to 110mph - on a 30mph stretch of road - when he very narrowly missed a huge truck.

Kareem Hamoudeh reached 140mph in his dad's car. Credit: South Wales Police
Kareem Hamoudeh reached 140mph in his dad's car. Credit: South Wales Police
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Speaking during the court hearing, prosecutor David Singh said the boy racer eventually reached his top speed of 140mph.

He said: "Once on the westbound M4 the BMW was clocked by the pursuing police car at speeds in excess of 140mph."

After he was taken in by police, Hamoudeh told officers that he didn't actually have a driving licence and that the car was his dad's.

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He admitted to failing to stop, dangerous driving, driving without insurance, and driving while disqualified.

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The hearing was held via Skype and the court heard that the teenager already had six convictions for driving while disqualified.

Presiding over the case, judge Geraint Walters said: "You have an appalling record for driving offences. I don't know what is going to bring you to your senses."

Hamoudeh was sentenced to 14 months in a young offenders institution and was banned from driving for the next two years and seven months.

If he wishes to drive in the future, he must also pass an extended test to get a licence.

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Earlier this month, dramatic footage emerged showing a car in Poland soaring through the air after it smashed into a roundabout at high speed.

Dramatic Footage Shows Car Soaring Through The Air After Hitting Roundabout. Credit: DRN
Dramatic Footage Shows Car Soaring Through The Air After Hitting Roundabout. Credit: DRN

The silver Suzuki Swift cut down a pine tree in mid-air and narrowly missed a statue of the Pope before crashing into buildings at a cemetery in Rąbień, a village in the province of Lodz, at around 6pm on Easter Sunday.

The car burst into flames upon impact with the ground and the 41-year-old driver had to be cut out of the wreckage by firefighters. He was subsequently taken to hospital, but fortunately his injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

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Pictures released by local emergency services revealed the true extent of the damage caused by the crash, with toppled trees and crumbled walls lying on the ground. The front of the car was also completely crushed.

Featured Image Credit: South Wales Police

Topics: UK News, Cars

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]