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M11 dangerous drivers who raced their Mercedes and Audi at more than 140mph given suspended prison sentences

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Two men who were racing their cars at almost 150mph on the M11 have been handed suspended prison sentences at court.

PC Gill Brettell, from the Chigwell roads policing unit, was patrolling the motorway near Harlow on Friday May 22 last year during the first national coronavirus lockdown.

At around 8.55pm, she saw a white Audi A3 and a black Mercedes 200D travelling at excess speed and in close proximity to each other. The cars were travelling at between 140mph and 150mph.

PC Brettell tried to pull the cars over onto the hard shoulder, but they sped off immediately.

She pursued the Merc and arrested driver, 21-year-old Xavier Palas-Caniah, after he had left the M11.

Jarvis Monk, 20, who had been driving the Audi, was arrested later that evening at his home in Brewers End, Takeley.

Following a thorough investigation, the pair were charged with dangerous driving. They entered guilty pleas at Basildon Crown Court and were sentenced there on Tuesday (June 22).

Caniah, of Challinor, Church Langley, Harlow, was given a 10-month prison sentence which was suspended for two years. Monk was sentenced to eight months which was also suspended for two years.

They are both subject to a night-time curfew between 8pm and 6am for the next three months, are disqualified from driving for two years and must take an extended test if they want to reapply for their licences. They must do 240 hours of unpaid work each and, between them, pay £1,400 in costs.

PC Brettell said: “The reckless actions of these young men were selfish and incredibly risky. They’ve now lost what’s most important to them – their licences.

“This is exactly the sort of driving that we see as a prelude to fatal collisions across the county, and I hope anyone else considering driving dangerously will think twice. It’s not clever, you will be caught and we will convict you.”

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