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Man jailed after crashing through M6 Toll barrier in Lichfield after 150mph police pursuit

A man has been jailed after driving a stolen car at 150mph before crashing it through an M6 Toll barrier in Lichfield.

Mandeep Barhey

Mandeep Barhey

Mandeep Barhey, aged 30, of Campbell Street in Rugby, was jailed for 10 months, disqualified from driving for 21 months and fined £140 in court costs at Stafford Crown Court.

Barhey pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, using a vehicle without insurance, causing damage to property other than a vehicle worth less than £5,000 and aggravated vehicle taking at an earlier hearing at Central and South West Magistrates Court on May 25.

The court heard that Barhey was spotted by police driving a stolen Audi A5 near junction 13 of the M6 on October 10, 2017. The vehicle had been stolen in a separate incident from the driveway of an address in Leicestershire in August 2017.

A police pursuit began, with Barhey swerving through Cannock traffic and reaching speeds of 90mph. He then entered the M6 Toll heading south and police dashcams recorded the vehicle reaching speeds of 155mph. Barhey left the toll road at Lichfield, smashing through the barrier at 80mph.

Officers in pursuit lost the car for a short time, but then received a report of a collision at Wall Island in Lichfield. When they arrived, Barhey was located and arrested.

PC Matthew Burns said: “This reckless display of driving could have caused a terrible accident and put many innocent road users in danger. I hope this sentence sends a message to anyone else who thinks driving this fast and failing to stop for the police is not a good idea.”

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