Driving ban for footballer caught at 156mph on A1 at Sawtry

Jordan Slew,during a spell playing for Sheffield United
Jordan Slew,during a spell playing for Sheffield United
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A Cambridge United footballer has been banned from driving for speeding on the A1(M) near Peterborough at 156mph - the fastest speed recorded in Britain in three years.

Jordan Slew, (22), who plays for Cambridge United, was going so fast in his BMW M4 that police struggled to catch him over three miles.

The striker only slowed down to 130mph when another vehicle got in his way on the A1 motorway near Sawtry.

The ban comes just three weeks after Nottingham Forest footballer Henri Lansbury was banned for six months after being caught travelling at 115mph on the same stretch of road.

Cambridge Magistrates Court heard Slew was banned for speeding on a motorway three years ago when he lost this licence for three months.

Paul Brown, prosecuting, told magistrates in Cambridge that police saw the car speeding around 11.15pm on March 3.

The patrolman put his blue lights on and began to follow the driver - who was travelling at 156mph in lane 4 - but wasn’t gaining on him.

He chased the £57,000 car for three miles at a constant speed but he was only able to catch him when another car weaved into the lane and forced Slew to slow to 130mph.

Mr Brown said that the road wasn’t clear the whole time during the offence.

Slew, of Newmarket, Suffolk, pleaded guilty to speeding and was banned for six months and fined £1,400.

Ben Rowe, mitigating, said: “He has absolutely no excuse. He is an immature man who has made a very foolish mistake.”

“Some people need to be told twice. No excuse can be put up for such a foolish mistake.

“It will cause him a great deal of inconvenience. He says it will never happen again.”

The offence came just a month after Slew signed an 18-month deal with League Two side Cambridge United following his release by Blackburn Rovers.

Rodney Kumar, from the Institute of Advanced Motorists, said: “It’s reckless and extremely foolhardy.

“He put many other road users at risk by travelling at this speed.

“The fact he is well-known makes it even worse. He is a role model and his behaviour could influence those who look up to him.

“By driving at these speeds he is showing contempt for safety and this is not behaviour to emulate.

“I hope he goes away and thinks about changing his behaviour - he really needs to.”

Cambridgeshire police clocked a motorcyclist doing the same speed as Slew on the same section of road in 2012.

The fastest driver caught in a routine speed check in the UK was doing 172mph in a Porsche 911 Turbo on the A420 in Oxfordshire in 2007.

In 2012 a getaway driver hit 180mph on the M6 in the West Midlands in a stolen Audi RS.