Video: Terrifying 115mph police chase on M6

A JEALOUS man led police on a dangerous 115mph motorway chase after fleeing a Blackpool hotel where he headbutted his partner.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 29th September 2015, 5:17 pm
A still from CCTV footage during a police pursuit on the M6
A still from CCTV footage during a police pursuit on the M6

Shocking footage from a police dashboard camera shows Alexander Blood, 21, deliberately swerving between lanes of the southbound M6 as three police cars chased him.

The terrifying pursuit through Lancashire, at around 6am on May 23, went on for 25 minutes and saw him crash into the central reservation, writing off his partner’s car.

Blood, who gave up his pursuit two minutes after leaving the M6 at the turn off for the M58, asked officers: “ Did you enjoy that boys?”

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A still from CCTV footage during a police pursuit on the M6

The judge, Recorder Simon Medland QC, said: “It’s a miracle no one was killed or seriously injured.”

Blood, from Homelea Road, Yardley, Birmingham, and his then-partner, who is now expecting his child, had headed to Blackpool for a “make or break trip” after a background of threatening jealous behaviour.

David Clarke, prosecuting, said an argument had began at the resort’s De Vere hotel and added: “He was in a rage and she was very scared.

“The situation escalated and he headbutted her to the nose.

“She went to check if it was bleeding but he removed the keycard, which activated the electricity, so she couldn’t see. He said: ‘You’re not bleeding yet but you will be.’

“Staff who heard the disturbance knocked on the door and asked him to leave but he shut the door.

“She went to ring the reception.

“He pulled her back onto the bed.

“He pinned her down by her throat and told her to ‘stop it’.

“He put his hands around her throat and was pushing down saying: “’I hope you die’.”

The court heard she managed to get out of the room and flee to reception. but he stole her car keys and fled, leading to the police pursuit down the M6.

At one point he undertook a vehicle on the hard shoulder.

Even when he collided with the central reservation and spun around, he sped off again. He was nearly two times the legal drink limit.

Nick Courtney, defending at Preston Crown Court, said Blood was a man of previous good character but acknowledged his driving was “appalling”.

Blood’s parents sobbed in the public gallery as he was jailed for nine months and banned for 12 months.

Blood admitted assault, drink driving, aggravated vehicle taking and failing to stop.

The judge said: “This was appalling driving over a prolonged period of time.”