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17 July 2017, 18:33
WATCH: Dashcam Footage Captures 127mph Drink Drive Police Chase
Heart-stopping police dashcam footage has captured a drunken driver being chased at speeds of up to 127mph.
Three officers were injured and two police cars written off when Martin Ralfs smashed into a roadblock on the M27 in Hampshire earlier this year.
Detectives say it was “sheer luck” nobody was seriously injured or killed as a result of the 58-year-old’s driving.
Ralph was jailed for two years after pleading guilty to dangerous driving and driving while alcohol level above limit.
The jury were told how the criminal came to police’s attention after speeding past a marked police car on the M27 at about 90mph.
The pursuit then saw speeds reaching 127mph as officers struggled to bring the reckless driver to a stop.
A tactical containment was then used in a bid to halt Ralfs safely. However, he refused to slow down, crashing into two of the police cars.
One the vehicles spun and crashed into the central reservation and the other spun into the carriageway, both losing a rear wheel and suffering extensive damage.
Ralfs’ car, a Honda, came to a stop on the hard shoulder where he was arrested after suffering minor injuries.
Speaking after the sentencing, Sgt Mark Fuse said: “His attempts to evade our officers were ultimately futile.
“I hope that this sentencing sends a clear message to anyone who thinks that drink-driving or speeding is worth the risk – it is not and the consequences can be fatal.”
You can see the pursuit in the video at the top of this page.