A MANIAC driver who shot down the A1 at speeds of over 120mph with police in pursuit has been banned from the roads for nearly three years.
Pawel Bury brought mayhem to the motorway in East Lothian when officers spotted him overtaking other cars between Haddington and Dunbar and set off in pursuit.
The unmarked police car was forced to hit speeds of up to 124mph during the frantic chase, with Bury, 33, shooting past 28 other vehicles and hurling abuse at one terrified driver after tailgating him and forcing him to pull back to the inside lane.
At Haddington Sheriff Court, Bury, of Morrison Street in Edinburgh, was yesterday banned from driving for 33 months and ordered to carry out 220 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to dangerous driving.
The escapade compares to the 166mph speed hit by 27-year-old hairdresser Neil Purves as he rode his Suzuki GSX-R1000 bike through the Borders in May 2009 – the worst offence recorded on a Scottish road.
Depute fiscal Sara Shaw told Sheriff Peter Braid that Bury, who had been remanded in custody before the hearing, was recorded driving at the life-threatening speeds by police during a routine check on the A1 in March.
The court was told how the officers were alerted to Bury’s speed when they heard loud exhaust noises coming from his sports car as it was heading southbound along the motorway.
Ms Shaw said: “Just as the car passed the Abbotsview junction the car began to rapidly accelerate again and officers were forced to increase their speed to 110mph just to keep up with the accused.”
But Bury refused to slow down, forcing his pursuers to increase their speed still further.
Ms Shaw said: “The vehicle continued to accelerate away further and police had to increase their speed to 120mph, and as the accused accelerated further they then found themselves travelling at 124mph in an effort to keep up.”
The driving ban and community payback order handed to Bury came after he was remanded in custody last month for refusing to hand over his passport.
It was known Bury was hoping to move to Spain to find work and a sheriff, afraid he would not return to the UK, said he had no option but to refuse an application for bail.