A street racer has been banned from the roads after being caught by patrol officers running red lights and driving at high speed around Bassetts Pole.
Officers working under Operation Hercules − a campaign tackling anti-social driving in north Birmingham − were called to the A38 Minworth Bypass in the early hours of 12 April following reports of motorists wheel-spinning and doing ‘donuts’ in the road.
Honda Civic driver Jordan O’Connor-Wright, from Dial Close in Maypole, was spotted on the M6 Toll roundabout with his lights dimmed − and when officers pulled up alongside the 22-year-old sped off.
After circling the roundabout several times, ignoring red lights, O’Connor-Wright accelerated along the A38 towards Bassetts Pole before the pursuing patrol car forced him to stop.
He appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court last Thursday where he admitted dangerous driving and was disqualified for 15 months − and he will be required to pass an extended test before being handed back his licence.
Factory worker O’Connor-Wright was also ordered to carry out 160 hours of unpaid work and pay £205 in costs and charges.
Operation Hercules sees north Birmingham officers − supported by West Midlands Police’s Traffic Unit − target speeding motorists and those gathering in large numbers revving engines, spinning wheels and blaring horns.
Every night we have officers patrolling our street racing ‘hotspots’ on the lookout for drivers flouting the laws of the road and posing a danger for innocent members of the public.
There are a range of powers at our disposal to combat street racers, including injunctions and Section 59 notices which, should offenders ignore the conditions and be caught driving irresponsibly again, afford us powers to seize vehicles.
It applies not just to speeders but any motorist who drives anti-socially, in convoys, blocking carriageways, slamming through traffic or unnecessarily sounding horns.
West Midlands Police’s 24-7 Traffic Unit is also involved policing a ‘car cruising’ injunction in the Black Country.
Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell and Walsall councils, working in partnership with West Midlands Police, secured the three-year injunction from the High Court in Birmingham last December.
The injunction bans people from participating in a ‘car cruise’ anywhere in the Black Country or from promoting, organising or publicising any car cruising event.
Recently, two drivers from Wednesbury were stopped speeding along Black Country New Road and wheel spinning at traffic lights, while six people from Shifnal, Telford and Walsall were also reported to the courts for breaching the injunction after officers intercepted a car convoy.
Anyone who witnesses street racing is urged to note down the registration number of offenders and report the matter to West Midlands Police on the 101 number.