Police have to drive at 150mph to catch up with speeding Mercedes driver on M1 in Leicestershire

Police officers had to hit 150mph to catch a Mercedes driver speeding on the M1 in Leicestershire today. When the Leicestershire Roads Policing Unit (RPU) officers got close to the silver car, the offending driver "slowed to 110mph", they said. After he stopped, the driver told officers he thought he had some "dirty diesel" in his fuel tank and was trying to burn it off.

The RPU posted the information on social media, along with a picture showing the car about to be loaded onto a recovery truck. The officers also discovered that the driver had no insurance. The RPU said in the post: "He had no insurance and it was non-essential travel!

Car seized and driver reported! #RPU #fatal4" Two days ago, the same police unit stopped a driver on the M1 in Leicestershire because a passenger was not wearing a seatbelt, and discovered that he had travelling up from London to visit relatives. He was issued with a fixed penalty fine for non-essential travel under the nationwide coronavirus crisis lockdown.

The same team last weekend fined another driver who was clocked at speeds of up to 110mph on the M1 in Leicestershire. He told officers he had been to London to buy a loaf of bread because it was GBP1 cheaper in the capital. In another breach of the rules, a Leicester couple's plan to spend the weekend hiking and camping in the Lake District was dashed on Thursday when police stopped them en route, reminded them of the coronavirus lockdown and ordered them to go straight home.

The pair, who were carrying camping equipment in their vehicle, were caught earlier by the roads policing team of Cumbria Police.

Officers told the would-be campers that the area is closed to visitors in order to minimise the risk of spreading the virus and to protect local health services.

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