Motorist ‘sped off at 150mph’

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A MOTORIST accused of speeding off from police - allegedly reaching speeds of up to 150mph on a Wigan stretch of motorway - has seen his case committed to Liverpool Crown Court.

John O’Brien has been charged with driving dangerously along Winwick Lane and the southbound M6, between junctions 20 and 22, on August 28 this year.

Prosecutors allege that the 41-year-old was stopped by police on Winwick Lane while driving a BMW.

But they claim he then sped away, even turning down a remote farm track in a bid to get away.

Despite torrential rain, prosecutors allege that O’Brien then reached speeds of up to 150mph while driving along the M6.

Police, who limited their speed to 110mph because of the weather conditions, then came across the defendant’s car after it had collided with a motorway barrier.

Prosecutors argued that the case was not suitable for summary trial, an assertion accepted by O’Brien’s defence solicitor.

O’Brien, of Eaton Avenue, Connah’s Quay, Deeside, is set to appear before Liverpool Crown Court on February 3 next year. He was granted unconditional bail.