Watch street racer's arrest after leading police on 100mph chase

A street racer clocked more than 100mph and drove on the wrong side of the road as he tried to flee police in the Black Country.

Aerial footage of the chase
Aerial footage of the chase

Anthony Barnes, aged 30, was seen speeding along the Black Country New Road in a Vauxhall Corsa on July 5 last year.

Traffic officers had been on the lookout for dangerous drivers after a car cruising event was spotted on Springvale Avenue in Wolverhampton, before following the Corsa.

Police hit 109mph to catch up with Barnes who refused to stop.

Anthony Barnes

The pursuit was briefly abandoned when the Corsa swerved onto the wrong side of the Birmingham New Road for a third of a mile, before officers were able to safely follow it again as it headed towards Woodsetton.

Officers backed off to allow the helicopter to safely lead the pursuit, and it guided officers in to block the Corsa and make the arrest.

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Uninsured Barnes, of Bridgefield Walk, Rowley Regis, was behind the wheel and was detained as the car was surrounded by officers and a police dog.

The provisional licence holder was jailed for six months, suspended for 18 months, and banned from driving for two years.

He was also ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work.

Superintendent Rich Agar said: "His driving was dangerous and the risks to others on the road were high, but Barnes completely disregarded their safety and his own.

"Street racing and illegal vehicle gatherings are a nuisance and a danger for our communities and we take the issue incredibly seriously.

The moment police tracked Anthony Barnes down

"We get lots of complaints from residents and other road users who are put at risk by these gatherings, and we’ll continue to disrupt those who take part in them.

"We appreciate people’s passion for their cars, and many officers on our traffic unit share that passion.

"But we can’t tolerate people turning the roads of the West Midlands into their personal racetracks."

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