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A motorist who clocked up 172mph and became the fastest speeder ever caught in a UK speed trap has been jailed for ten weeks.

In January, Timothy Brady, 33, who worked at a car hire firm, was caught in a random speed check on the A420 near Abingdon, Oxfordshire, driving a £98,000 3.6-litre Porsche 911 Turbo.

Brady pleaded guilty to one count of dangerous driving at Oxford Crown Court last month. His plea of not guilty to one count of aggravated vehicle-taking was accepted by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Brady, of Harrow, north-west London, resigned from his job at the Abingdon branch of Helphire days after police stopped him in the car.

Travelling at 172mph, almost as fast as a jumbo jet taking off, it would take a car almost half a mile to stop at that speed.

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A spokesman for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents said after Brady was sentence: "This was an absolutely terrifying piece of driving. Our roads are not race tracks or for breaking speed records."

He added: "It is fortunate the police were there to take action before he ended up killing himself or someone else.

"Through his own selfishness, in what appears to be a lust for speed, he has completely disregarded the safety of others on the road.

"Even if he thinks he is capable of controlling a car safely at more than 170mph, he is making no allowance for the possible behaviour of other road users.

"They would never expect a car to be approaching them at that speed whether they were pedestrians or motorists. No-one would have a chance of surviving if there had been a crash."

The previous fastest conviction for a speeding motorist was that of car dealer Jason McAllister who was recorded driving at 156mph in a BMW M3 in Scotland in 2003
 
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