Punishment for 100mph driver pulled over amid street racing fears in Sutton Coldfield bypass

-Credit: (Image: WMP)
-Credit: (Image: WMP)


A driver clocked speeding at over 100mph amid concerns over street racing along a busy Birmingham road has been banned the roads. Keiran Stewart was seen driving in excess of 100mph by police responding to complaints of racing along the A38 Sutton Coldfield bypass.

The 27-year-old, from Telford, was pulled over by officers in the early hours of January 27 this year. This week, he admitted dangerous driving and was handed a 20 week suspended sentence.

He was also disqualified from getting behind the wheel again for 18 months and must sit an extended test in order to hold a driving licence in the future. He was further ordered to complete 100 hours community service within 12 months and was fined over £230.

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Police said he was "banned from driving and ordered to pay hundreds of pounds" as they "continue efforts to stop recklessness on our roads." Officers had been responding to "complaints of racing – as people watched on" on the A38 when he was rumbled.

Stewart was sentenced at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Tuesday (28 May). It comes as police vow they are taking action, alongside partners, to "keep the roads safe" through Operation Triton and Operation Hercules.

Operation Hercules is the ongoing campaign which aims to target those involved in street racing and car cruising where vehicles are driven in an "anti-social or dangerous manner." High Court injunctions remain in place in Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell and Walsall.

They prohibit people driving, being a passenger or rider at a gathering where there is motor racing or motor stunts or other dangerous or obstructive driving. Police urged anyone with information on street racing to report it to them on Live Chat on the force website or call on 101. They stressed anyone in an emergency to "always call 999."