A DANGEROUS driver has received a suspended jail sentence after he reached speeds of 130mph on a motorway during 'heavy rain'.

Patrik Kandrac, 23, was stopped on the M5 between junctions 4 and 3 northbound after speeding in his grey BMW 120.

Kandrac of Crown Green Court, Gloucester reached speeds of up to 130mph at 1.42am on August 13 last year.

A spokesperson for West Mercia Police said: "He drove at speeds of up to 130mph in torrential rain and with large areas of standing water, without regards for other road users and the weather conditions over a distance of around five miles.

"His driving was such that it was initially believed to be a vehicle that had just been stolen and was getting away as quickly as it could from the scene of a theft. He pled guilty to a charge of dangerous driving at Worcester Magistrates Court and was sentenced yesterday."

He was sentenced to 24 weeks in prison for dangerous driving but the sentence was suspended according to West Mercia's Operations Patrol Unit, responsible for roads policing in Worcestershire, which shared a Tweet about the driver's sentence on Friday. 

He also received  a three month curfew with electronic tag, an 18 month disqualification and must sit an extended retest, £200 costs and rehabilitation activity.