'Reckless' man hit almost 100mph driving the wrong way down a motorway
17.03.2023 - 22:45
A wanted driver who sped the wrong way along a motorway hard shoulder has been jailed. Kieran Philibin, from Stockport, reached 98mph while being chased by police on the M65.
At about 8.30pm on July 31, Lancashire police officers were looking for a blue Ford Fiesta which was believed to be using false registration plates. The vehicle was registered to Philibin.
The Fiesta was spotted by police on Princess Way, Burnley, and followed onto Active Way. Philibin failed to stop for officers and a pursuit began. The Fiesta jumped a red light and Philibin went the wrong way around a roundabout and then the wrong way down the dual carriageway section of Princess Way heading towards Junction 11 of the M65.
In a statement Lancashire Police said: "After engaging in more reckless driving, Philibin entered the M65 at Junction 11 and drove the wrong way up the slip road. The Fiesta travelled at speed for 1.5 miles, before coming to a stop and Philibin and his front seat passenger running from the scene.
"The front seat passenger was detained a short distance away from the car and Philibin was arrested hiding nearby. Philibin, 36, of Samuel Street, Stockport, was charged and convicted of dangerous driving, failing to stop, driving without insurance and drug-driving."
Philibin appeared at Burnley Crown Court and was sentenced to 16 months in prison and disqualified from driving for 5 years and 8 months. He must take an extended re-test.
PC Anthony Beckett, of Lancashire Police’s Tactical Operations, said: “This was an appalling piece of driving committed by a man who was actively trying to evade arrest. As shown the footage there were many motorists on the M65 that day who will have been shocked and terrified by Philibin’s reckless and