A14 girl racer hunted by police
POLICE are today hunting a pony-tailed girl racer who swerved in and out of traffic on the busy A14 all day – causing drivers to fear for their lives.Many motorists in the Felixstowe area reported the driver's highly-dangerous antics and said they believed the car was travelling at speeds approaching 100mph.
POLICE are today hunting a pony-tailed girl racer who swerved in and out of traffic on the busy A14 all day – causing drivers to fear for their lives.
Many motorists in the Felixstowe area reported the driver's highly-dangerous antics and said they believed the car was travelling at speeds approaching 100mph.
Drivers feared there would be an horrendous crash as the silver G-reg Ford Escort weaved in and out of traffic, cutting people up and taking risks to overtake as it raced up and down the dual carriageway.
Police said today that they now had the full registration of the car, thanks to it being spotted and noted by an off-duty police officer.
One driver who spoke to the Evening Star said she thought she was about to die after the car overtook on her inside and pulled in front.
The woman, who was travelling home from work at about 3.15pm yesterday, had just left Felixstowe and was overtaking a lorry at Trimley when the terrifying incident happened.
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"I heard what sounded like a motorcycle coming up on my inside and I thought that's going fast," said the woman, who asked not to be identified.
"The next thing I knew this silver Ford Escort cut right in front of me.
"I had to swerve and almost hit the central reservation crash barrier to avoid it.
"My life flashed before me. I really thought that was it."
She said the car then proceeded to cut in front of other cars, swerving in and out of the lanes of traffic to try to get past cars.
She reckoned the car's speed was approaching 100mph.
"When it overtook its exhaust came off and I could see in others drivers having to swerve to miss it in the middle of the road," she added.
She pulled off the road at Martlesham to report the incident to police and flagged down officers in a traffic car. The officers said there had been a number of reports already about the speeding vehicle and its driving manner.
The car was driven by a young woman with blonde hair tied up in a ponytail, and there was a man sprawled in the back seats smoking a cigarette.
A police spokeswoman said today that there had been "quite a number of reports" during yesterday from drivers worried about the vehicle and the way it was being driven on the A14.
"We now have a full registration for the car following a report from an off-duty officer and we are following this up and an investigation is currently taking place," she added.