Teenager admits 130mph web post

VIDEO A teenager who posted footage of himself on the internet driving at speeds up to 130mph on a Suffolk road has pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.Danny Hyde, 18, of Swallow Drive, Stowmarket, pleaded guilty to the charge at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court, Ipswich, today.

Anthony Bond

FOOTAGE of a teenager driving at speeds of 130mph on a Suffolk road - which he posted on the internet - has been released.

Danny Hyde, 18, of Swallow Drive, Stowmarket, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court, Ipswich, yesterday .

The teenager was arrested after a member of the public emailed the police anonymously after seeing the video footage on YouTube, taken sometime between July 1 and August 30.


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The two minute clip, taken with Hyde's mobile phone, shows him driving at high speed eastbound on the A14 between Claydon and Copdock.

The footage, which was shown to the court yesterday and released by the Crown Prosecution Service today, shows him overtaking lorries and also shows the speedometer of his Astra car.

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After seeing the footage, the police managed to identity Hyde as the driver and arrested him.

The court heard that Hyde was frank with the police and admitted that he was travelling at about 120mph and described his driving as “stupid”.

When asked if he thought it was dangerous he replied: “Yes, very”.

Ian Duckworth, mitigating, said Hyde was devastated by what had happened.

“He has been so stupid it is untrue” he said, before adding: “It was his crass stupidity and he will pay the consequences, which he understands.”

Chairman of the bench, Anne Parry, said it was a “very serious offence” and said she would suspend sentence until February 21 for a pre-sentence report.

She warned Hyde that he could face a custodial sentence and he was banned from driving until sentencing.

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