Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

MANIAC ON THE M-WAY; Vodka-Fuelled Driver Sped at 125mph Down the A1(M)

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

MANIAC ON THE M-WAY; Vodka-Fuelled Driver Sped at 125mph Down the A1(M)

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Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY and GARETH DEIGHAN

CAREERING down a motorway at 125mph, a drunken motorist ploughs into another vehicle.

Pursued by police, the dangerous driver crashes into a ditch. Miraculously no-one is killed.

Christopher Robinson downed a bottle of vodka before stealing a car and setting off down the A1(M).

The 40-year-old roared 120 miles along the motorway, weaving in and out vehicles, before finally losing control of the Citroen Xantia and tumbling into a ditch.

A dramatic video of the high-speed pursuit was shown at Newcastle Crown Court, where Robinson was jailed for two-and-a-half years and banned from driving for five years.

The court heard how Robinson, of Atkinson Gardens, Royal Quays, North Shields, set-off on his danger drive just hours after being released from custody on June 2.

He drank a bottle of vodka before walking past a house on The Crescent in Whitley Bay, at around 2.30pm.

He slipped through the open front door and stole the keys to a Citroen Xantia.

He left the property and returned three hours later to steal the car.

In a drunken attempt to drive to London, Robinson raced down the A1(M).

The court heard how he zig-zagged across the lanes, weaving between the traffic, at speeds of up to 125mph.

He even hit a trailer that failed to move out of his way, said Barry Robson, prosecuting.

Robinson made it as far as Bramham Village, West Yorkshire, before he was spotted by police, at around 7.20pm.

Realising the car was stolen, officers followed him to junction 37 in South Yorkshire, where Robinson left the motorway.

His ride eventually came to an end when he lost control and crashed into a ditch, at around 7.45pm.

Robinson - who has 140 offences on his record and 26 convictions dating back to his first appearance before the courts in 1987 - pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, burglary and aggravated vehicle taking at an earlier hearing. …

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