Berwick man drove car at 150mph with four children without seatbelts

A Berwick man drove at 150mph with four young children who were not wearing seatbelts, a court heard

A child wearing a seatbelt in car
A child wearing a seatbelt in car

A Northumberland man caught driving at 150mph with four young children who were not wearing seatbelts has been branded "reckless" by police.

Keith Millard, 27, of Blakewell Road in Berwick, was spotted driving a black Mercedes 320 on the A1 near Peterborough by officers carrying out a speed check.

Police followed the car to a nearby A road where it slowed to about 90mph due to heavy traffic, allowing them to catch up and order the vehicle to pull over close to a motorway.

Cambridgeshire Police said that when officers got to the vehicle they found a woman in the passenger seat.

In the back were six-month old twins in car seats facing forwards and not secured with seatbelts, a one-year-old girl asleep on the seat between the twins and a two-year-old boy in the footwell.

Sgt Gordon Murray, from Cambridgeshire Police, said: “It is shocking to think of the danger that Millard put these young children in.

“Not only would any collision, or loss of control, at such speeds have potentially tragic consequences for both the driver and other road users, but the effect on unrestrained toddlers would almost certainly have been fatal.

“It is only through sheer luck, that no-one was injured or killed by his driving and this case should send a strong message that such reckless behaviour will not be tolerated by police or the courts.”

Millard told officers he was trying to get to Dover in time to board the last ferry to Germany after missing a vessel in Hull, when he was stopped at about 9.35pm on September 14 last year.

Investigations revealed that the Mercedes was Millard’s father’s, but he was not insured to drive it.

Millard failed to attend his initial court hearing and was arrested at Edinburgh Airport when he flew back into Scotland.

He admitted dangerous driving and driving with no insurance and was jailed for 20 weeks at Peterborough Crown Court.

Millard was also banned from driving for three years and will have to sit a further test before being given his licence back.

He must pay £600 costs and a £100 victim surcharge.


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