Mercedes driver does a 120mph dash for the loo on A14 in Northamptonshire

Operation Journey continues to find dodgy drivers at a fast pace

Tuesday, 24th November 2020, 10:22 am
Updated Tuesday, 24th November 2020, 10:26 am

One unlucky motorist could see his licence go down the pan after being clocked at 120mph on a stretch of the A14 in Northamptonshire.

Officers from Northamptonshire Police Road Crime Team pulled over the Mercedes on Monday as part of the county Force's Operation Journey road safety campaign — but his excuse was tough to digest.

A spokesman from the team said: "Operation Journey continued at pace this evening — too much pace, unfortunately, for the Mercedes driver who was stopped on the A14 at over 120mph.

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"The driver said he had a bad stomach and needed the toilet ..."

Operation Journey launched last month cracking down on reckless, unlicensed and uninsured drivers and vehicle safety.

Northamptonshire Police Chief Constable Nick Adderley hailed the campaign's impact, saying: "Operation Journey is a sustained campaign dealing will all things roads — from people and drug trafficking to no insurance and bald tyres.

"The results so far are both frightening and impressive."

Police clocked a Mercedes at 120mph on the A14 in Northamptonshire

Speeding is one of the 'fatal four' offences — alongside using a mobile phone behind the wheel, drink or drug driving and not wearing a seatbelt — which police are targeting during their three-month safety crackdown in the county.

Anyone who is caught speeding can take a speed awareness course if eligible, or will receive a fixed penalty fine of £100 and three penalty points on their licence.

If they elect to go to court, fines and points will be decided by Magistrates, while those caught exceeding 100mph could face a driving ban of up to eight weeks and a fine of 150 per cent of their weekly income.

Detective Inspector Tony Kennedy, of the Operations Team at Northamptonshire Police, said: “Speeding kills – it is as simple as that. Yet so many drivers still choose to do it.

“We witness the devastation the impact of a road collision has, not only on those who are involved but also on their families, friends, colleagues and even the wider community.

“It is hard to understand why some drivers continue to put their own life and the lives of others at risk by speeding when the consequences of getting it wrong are so extreme.”