WATCH: Street racer hits 149mph as he tries to flee police on the M6 Toll before crashing

These were the dramatic scenes as a street racer hit 149mph as he tried to flee from police on the M6 Toll before crashing into barriers.

WATCH: Street racer hits 149mph as he tries to flee police on the M6 Toll before crashing

Frightening footage shows removal man Thomas Alsopp weaving through traffic before he smashed into payment booths. He said he only stopped because he'd run out of petrol.

He was spotted by police during an operation cracking down on street racing on the A38, two days after Christmas Day, because he parked on an emergency vehicle access slip road.

The uninsured 24-year-old, from Leicestershire, sped away from approaching officers in his Audi A8 at around 10.30pm

He weaved through traffic and sped through villages of Minworth and Curdworth at twice the speed limit.

He reached 149mph on the M6 Toll before crashing through a barrier at junction T3 for north Birmingham less than 10 minutes later.

Dramatic commentary from police chasing Alsopp reveals how he was clocked doing 60mph in a 30mph zone, and veered on to the wrong side of the road as he overtook other drivers.

Incredibly, he then went on to boast about how fast he'd gone when interviewed by police.

He admitted dangerous driving and other other motoring offences, and was given an eight-month jail sentence, suspended for a year.

Alsopp, who was on a provisional licence, was banned from driving for 18 months by Birmingham Crown Court.

Pc Jim Barry said: "At one stage he overtook a recovery truck on a blind bridge entering Minworth village. His driving was extremely reckless and dangerous.

"Alsopp showed no remorse and said he had no intention of stopping for officers ? only stopping because he ran out of fuel ? and agreed he didn't give his three passengers any opportunity to exit his vehicle.

"In addition to his sentence, he will also be required to take an extended driving test in order to obtain a licence and has been handed a Section 59 street racing order. If he is caught breaching the terms we will seize his vehicle."

Alsopp was caught in the Operation Hercules blitz on street racing and anti-social driving.

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