A drunk driver who led police on a motorway chase reaching speeds of up to 120mph was only stopped when officers used a ‘stinger’ device to slash his two front tyres, a court heard.
Father-of-one Kieran Philbin has been locked up for the shocking pursuit on the M60 and M602 in south Manchester and Salford, earlier this summer.
Philbin, 30, had been drinking with a friend and his partner at Piccolino in Bramhall on Wednesday, July 27, but the night turned sour, Manchester Crown Court heard.
After they went back to the couple’s home nearby, Philbin became increasingly drunk, making lewd comments and behaving in a threatening manner, the court heard.
Prosecuting, Michael Morley said: “It seems to have been a pleasant enough evening.“But the defendant got more and more drunk and started behaving in an embarrassing way, making comments about finding his friend’s partner attractive.
“When he was rebuffed he became aggressive. He called her a s*** and said:‘I will take your car you know’.“A little while later she noticed her car keys were missing.”
Philbin, who had also taken cocaine, was next seen driving the couple’s black Mercedes A200, performing handbrake turns in a Tesco car park on Altrincham Road, Baguley, at about 2am later that night.
He was later spotted by police after receiving reports of a car driving down the wrong side of the road for two miles on the M60 anti-clockwise between junction 6 at Sale and junction 5 at Northenden.
It was deemed too dangerous for officers to chase but they caught up with the vehicle on the M602.
Officers gave chase, with the car reaching speeds of up to 120mph. Philbin also collided with police cars side by side as he tried to evade them.A stinger device was laid by officers, which punctured two of the car’s tyres and slowed Philbin down.
Eventually he was stopped on the slip road at junction 2 of the M602 at the Eccles Interchange, at 3.17am.Philbin refused to get out of the car, and officers had to smash a window to get him out.
The court heard he has a number of previous convictions for driving offences, and he was already banned from driving while committing this offence.
Philbin, a self-employed plasterer of Glaze Walk, Whitefield, previously pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified, theft, failing to provide a specimen and dangerous driving.
Defending, Patrick Williamson said: “This defendant has a frankly appalling driving record.
“It would seem that on a frequent basis from his youth to more recent times he has a habit of taking vehicles, driving while prevented by doing so by a court order and on occasion drinking to excess.
“That seems to be the case here.”
Mr Williamson said Philbin denied he made sexual advances towards the woman, but said he was angered at her perceived ‘dismissive approach’ after he told her about his mother’s ill health.
Addressing Philbin, Judge Hilary Manley said: “This was a terrible piece of driving at extremely excessive speeds at a time of night when there were few motorists around. You were putting people at grave risk.
“At the age of 30, you are too old for this. Whatever your personal problems are, this is not the answer. It’s only a matter of time before you kill yourself or worse kill someone else.”
Philbin was sentenced to 16 months in prison, and banned from driving for five years.