Video shows 'reckless' Wimbledon driver speeding past vehicles before 127mph lorry crash
A ‘reckless’ driver who crashed a Mercedes into a lorry while driving at speeds of 127mph has been jailed. Atthar Ahmed began speeding past drivers on the A3 near the Ripley bypass at just after 9am on Wednesday, August 12 last year. The 23-year-old, of Windlesham Grove, Wimbledon was driving a silver Mercedes when he lost control and crashed into a lorry, ripping the tail lift from its chassis.
Ahmed received minor injuries and no one else was hurt but the collision caused significant disruption on the A3 as part of the road was closed for two and a half hours. The speedometer on the Mercedes became fixed when the collision occurred and it read 127mph. A video released by Surrey Police shows Ahmed recklessly weaving in and out of traffic, while a picture taken after the crash shows the Mercedes written-off.
Atthar Ahmed crashed the Mercedes into a lorry while driving at high speed (Image: Surrey Police)
Immediately after the crash, Ahmed was seen running away from the scene. With the help of the police helicopter, officers on the ground located Ahmed shortly afterwards in a light blue Prius, driven by his cousin.
Police records revealed that Ahmed had been disqualified from driving in 2019 until he passed an extended driving test, a test he has not yet taken.
Further checks revealed that the Mercedes he was driving belonged to someone else and Ahmed did not hold the correct insurance. He was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance and he was summonsed for the offences on Friday, January 29.
Ahmed undertakes vehicles in the Mercedes (right) (Image: Surrey Police)
Ahmed appeared in court today (Tuesday, April 20) and pleaded guilty to the offences. He was jailed for a total of 11 months. He has been ordered to pay a GBP150 victim surcharge and been given six points on his licence.
Ahmed was also disqualified from driving for three years and five months after which he will be required to undergo an extended driving test.
Ahmed (far right) sped past dozens of vehicles on the A3 (Image: Surrey Police)
Investigating officer, PC Gemma Morgan, said: “Ahmed’s reckless driving undoubtedly endangered the lives of others, and it was incredibly lucky no one was seriously hurt in this collision.
“However, it did cause significant disruption and delays to motorists on the A3. Surrey Police is committed to reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads and this sentence goes to show we will not tolerate people recklessly endangering others.” “I would like to thank members of the public for their help gathering evidence following the crash.
“We put out a witness appeal appealing for statements and dashcam footage, and the evidence the public provided played a vital part in building our successful case against Ahmed.”
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