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Teenager sentenced for driving high-powered car at up to 150 mph on M6

|News, Driving offences

A teenager who drove a high-powered car at speeds of up to 150 miles while being pursued by police on the M6 in Cheshire has been sent to a Young Offender Institution.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said that Nathan Batha, 19, from Watkiss Drive in Rugeley, drove the Audi while he wasn't insured, at dangerous speeds on the motorway and surrounding roads on 13 December 2020.

He was spotted by police officers on patrol around 4 am at junction 17 of the M6, heading north. The officers set off in pursuit and Batha was reported to be doing 150 mph at times.

The officers caught up with him at Knutsford Services but Batha then set off at speed again. He entered a stretch of roadworks where there was a 50 mph speed limit but he didn't slow down and hit several cones.

He then headed along Manchester Road in Knutsford and officers threw down a "stinger" device to try and bring him to a halt.

Batha eventually stopped the car at the junction 21 entry to the M6 because the stinger device had punctured one of the car tyres. 

Batha had three passengers in the car. He was arrested at the scene.

He pleaded guilty at Warrington Magistrates' Court on 12 May 2021 to driving a car dangerously and driving without insurance.

Today (9 June 2021) at Liverpool Crown Court, he was sentenced to 12 months in a Young Offender Institution and has been banned from driving for four years and six months. He must do an extended retest before he can drive again.

The court also ordered the destruction of the Audi which had cost £17,000 as it had been used in the commission of a crime.

Senior Crown Prosecutor Adrian Evans of CPS Mersey-Cheshire said: "Nathan Batha drove a high powered car at up to 150 mph with no regard for his safety, that of his passengers, or the police officers who had to pursue him.

"If anything had gone wrong, he was not insured. He was pursued twice in the vehicle and it appears he thought he could simply outrun the police.

"Why he did this is unclear, maybe he was showing off to his passengers. Whatever the motive, he put several people in real danger. Such behaviour is totally unacceptable. The £17,000 car he was showing off in has been seized and destroyed by the court, he 's been banned from driving, is in a youth offenders institution and has a criminal record."

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