A DANGEROUS drink driver was so drunk he could hardly stand up when police caught up with him after a high speed chase at over 100mph on the motorway near Worcester.

Mohammed Islam was driving southbound on the M5 between junctions 5 (Droitwich) and 7 (Worcester South) when police received 'multiple calls' from other motorists, fearing he would cause a crash.

At one stage Islam, three times the drink drive limit, even stopped his car in a live lane of the motorway before driving off from police at high speed.

The 22-year-old admitted dangerous driving, driving with excess alcohol and failing to stop when he appeared at Worcester Magistrates Court on Thursday following the incident on Christmas Day last year. A breath test later showed Islam was three times the drink drive limit, blowing 105mcg in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

Ralph Robyns-Landricombe, prosecuting, said: "Police received multiple calls about erratic driving on the M5 southbound, possibly by a drink or drug driver who had nearly crashed on several occasions."

Mr Robyns-Landricombe described how Islam was ‘undertaking and cutting up' other drivers in his Ford Fiesta at speeds of 90mph and at one stage stopped his car in lane one, a ‘live lane’, on the four lane Smart Motorway. All lanes were running and there was no hard shoulder.

When he saw police the defendant got out of the car into the carriageway before getting back in and driving off at speeds which varied from 80 to 110mph.

Mr Robyns-Landricombe described how Islam used the hard shoulder to undertake vehicles in lane one as he drove at speeds in excess of 90mph for a three mile section of motorway towards junction 7 before taking the B4084 towards Pershore and pulling onto a private drive.

Islam of Third Avenue, Bordesley Green, Birmingham, identified himself as the driver.

“Police formed the opinion he was drunk. He smelled of intoxicants and was struggling to stand up” said Mr Robyns-Landricombe.

In police interview Islam was described as being ‘extremely remorseful and ashamed of his actions and fully understanding of the consequences'.

“It’s a prolonged period of bad driving with high excess speed, a high alcohol reading with a police pursuit. In light of all that and the circumstances of that offence the prosecution invite you to commit this matter to the crown court for sentence” he said.

Magistrates agreed that the case should be sentenced at crown court. The case will be heard at Worcester Crown Court on February 20.

A pre-sentence report was ordered in the meantime.