A DANGEROUS driver who was three times over the limit when he was caught driving at a speed of over 100mph on the motorway near Worcester, has been jailed.

In the incident that happened on Christmas Day last year, Mohammed Islam was driving so fast southbound on the M5 between junctions 5 (Droitwich) and 7 (Worcester South) a police pursuit had to be called off.

The 22-year-old admitted dangerous driving, driving with excess alcohol and failing to stop, when he appeared at Worcester Magistrates Court last month.

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Islam, of Third Avenue, Bordesley Green, Birmingham, appeared at Worcester Crown Court for sentencing on February 20.

Lee Egan told Judge Robert Juckes that motorists called 999 about Islam's driving in his Ford Fiesta, and when police arrived they say cars following him had hazard lights on to warn other road users about him.

"He went across all four carriageways," Mr Egan said. "(At one point) there was no hard shoulder, it was a live lane. He stopped, got out, then got back in.

"He saw police. He drove off reaching a speed of over 100mph."

Dash cam footage was shown to the court showing this moment, with Islam moving between cars and increasing in speed.

Mr Egan said while the police tried to catch up with him the decision was made to call off the chase, as it was considered too dangerous to continue the pursuit.

He said the defendant then left at Junction 7, and was pursued by an unmarked police car before he finally stopped on the B4084, heading towards Pershore, on a private driveway.

"When arrested he was struggling to stand and smelt of alcohol," Mr Egan said.

The prosecutor added while in custody he told officers he thought it was Christmas Eve.

The court heard in a breath test he took, Islam blew 105mcg in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

Michael Aspinall, defending, said: "He remains deeply ashamed of his behaviour.

"He had been out on Christmas Eve drinking - not something he usually did.

"He got up thought he just had a hangover, and was going to see his dad.

"He did not set out to drive dangerously. It was a Christmas Day, when thankfully it was not as busy as usual."

Mr Aspinall said Islam worked at a McDonald's in Birmingham, and a custodial sentence would have an impact on his wife.

Mr Aspinall added: "It was a one off incident.

"He says he will never come back before these courts, and he will never drink again."

Sentencing him Judge Juckes said:"You were three times over the limit. The amount of drink you had taken must have been enormous.

"You were driving so fast police had to give up the chase. It was only by chance you did not cause serious injury to someone, or yourself.

"You have strong personal mitigation.

"But I must pass a sentence that is a deterrence to others. I have to give an immediate custodial sentence."

Islam was jailed for 12 months, of which he will serve half.

He was also disqualified from driving for a total of three-and-a-half years.