Sept 27, 2007
| Porsche 911 turbo.
A British driver was clocked driving one at 172mph.
Fastest motorist jailed after 172mph Porsche
The fastest motorist ever caught speeding in Britain has
been sent to jail for 10 weeks.
Tim Brady was clocked on speed camera driving at a record
172 miles (277 kilometers) per hour on the A420 near Abingdon
The 33-year-old from Harrow in North West London was taking
a £98,000 ($198,000) 3.6-litre Porsche 911 Turbo for
Brady pleaded to one count of dangerous driving. He denied
another charge of aggravated vehicle taking.
At Oxford Crown Court, he was jailed, banned from driving
for three years and ordered to pay £474 in costs.
Sentencing him, Judge David Morton condemned his driving
as "criminally self-indulgent and utterly thoughtless
of the danger you might be creating for the innocent."
The court heard that Brady took the Porsche from his workplace
without permission on January 27.
When stopped by police, he said: "Oh s***, oh s***,
I've lost my job."
Brady quit his job as a delivery driver for the luxury car
hire firm Helphire days after his arrest.
His lawyer, John Reilly, said Brady had admitted his actions
were "foolhardy, stupid and done in a moment of weakness".
A police spokesman said the Porsche was travelling at 77
metres per second and needed over 500 metres in which to
"To put that into context, the average duration of
a single blink of the eye is 0.3 seconds, during which time
the car would have travelled 23 metres," the spokesman
Police said Brady managed to stop the car in 681 metres,
though it was wobbling due to the heavy braking.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents described
the episode as "an absolutely terrifying piece of driving".