It was a hands free phone.
And *he* called the police to say he was out of control, rather than
them chasing him because he was speeding.
He claims he couldn't get into neutral, which sounds quite likely
given it was an auto, and he thought he would lose the steering if he
turned off the ignition.
He managed to keep the speed down to about 70 for quite a few miles,
by using the brakes, but eventually they faded.
To me, the most surprising thing is that he survived the eventual
crash virtually unscathed.
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And they did not tell him to switch off the engine by stitching one
notch on the key? Or even stamp on the brakes until the car stalled?
ISTM a couple of people have failed in the obvious test.
Perhaps so much so, there must be something else.
He still could not get the car to stop by pressing the brakes harder?
Indeed - I don't think you would get away with flipping a 3-series over the
Blyth roundabout at anything over about 80mph. Indeed surviving a collision
with any stationary object at [allegedly] 135mph has got to be regarded as
most improbable - a bit like the rest of the story!
It all sounds very implausible. He claims that the brakes didn't slow the
car down but merely burned out. I don't believe that, having myself
experimented with applying brake with accelerator. He claims he couldn't
put the car (automatic, I think) into neutral.
The only explanations that came to mind were (a) he is an incompentent DIY
car mechanic who had attempted to dismantle the controls of the car but
hadn't connected them properly again, or (b) he is a raving loony/attention
c) He'd just shot past one of those nice speed cameras that litter
that part of the A1 and this was the best cunning plan he could come
up with the get out of the ticket!
Given the recent weather I'm amazed he couldn't just drive onto the
grass verge and just sink into the goo before it managed to wind
itself up to this alleged 135mph (E36, 318 auto... *cough* yeah
1) He may have imagined the actual figure over 130. The indicated speed
might well have been 130+
2) This incident did take place. Or are you suggesting it is an elaborate
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