A dangerous driver was captured traveling at over 140 miles an hour along a two-lane highway.
Connor Bunten was recorded on a dashcam driving his BMW M2 at high speed at high speed southbound along the A449 motorway near Usk in Gwent. The footage was submitted to GoSafe’s Operation Snap by a member of the public who saw the 22-year-old driving dangerously.
To determine the speed of the BMW, the video recording of the incident was sent for investigation by Steve Callaghan of Road Safety Support (RSS). Steve Callaghan was able to examine the footage and accurately determine that the speed of the BMW was 140.8 mph as it passed the perpetrator’s vehicle. This means that Bunten, then 21, was driving at more than double the legal speed limit of 70 mph.
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Mr Callaghan said: “Video cameras contain very precise timing information, so drivers who behave this way from the point of view of drivers with dash cams should not be surprised when being chased. and convicted of driving dangerously and well over the speed limit. Mr. Bunten was convicted on the testimony of such a driver who took the time to submit the evidence. “
After reviewing the footage, it was decided to sue the motorist for dangerous driving.
Bunten initially pleaded not guilty, opting for a trial in crown court. However, he changed his guilty plea on the morning the trial was due to begin.
Appearing in Cardiff Crown Court for sentencing, Bunten, of Dry Bridge Terrace, Monmouth, was given a community order with a 12 month supervision period, ordered him to perform 150 hours of unpaid work and was banned from drive for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay £ 420 in fees and a £ 95 surcharge, as well as undergo an extended retest after the 12-month disqualification was over.
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Gwent GoSafe Police Coordinator Sergeant Simon Austin said: “I think this shows how valuable Operation SNAP is in tackling misconduct and I am very grateful that the member of the public has given us submitted the images. The speed at which Connor Bunten was driving is incredibly shocking and it was sheer luck that no one was seriously injured or killed.
“Please be assured that driving in this manner will always be treated and I would also like to thank the Operation SNAP team for their efforts in investigating this matter. “
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