Traveling 60 miles at 130 mph with stuck accelerator
A motorist was trapped in his car driving at almost 130mph for 60 miles after the accelerator jammed. Kevin Nicolle, 25, was unable to stop the automatic BMW going at top speed after the malfunction on the A1.
His terrifying journey, which was followed by four police cars and a helicopter, ended when he smashed the car into a roundabout, flipping it on its roof. Amazingly, the former lorry driver walked away from the accident uninjured.
"The whole thing was just a blur," he said. "I can’t get it out of my head. I was terrified, hysterical and crying. "Every time I close my eyes I remember it. "It’s a miracle I didn’t collide with another vehicle or cause a pile-up, but I had a lot of close shaves with lorries and cars and swerved about trying to avoid them."
Mr Nicolle was driving back from friends in Newcastle to his home in Southsea, Hants, last Sunday, when the accelerator on his automatic BMW 318 jammed at Catterick, near junction 53 of the A1. He then travelled 60 miles in 26 minutes, passing through three counties.
Mr Nicolle overturned the car at the Blyth roundabout near Worksop. Nottinghamshire police confirmed his version of events.
A spokesman said: "Kevin was monitored doing in excess of 100mph and is lucky to have walked away with minor injuries. "He phoned 999 to say that his brakes weren’t working and was terrified for his life."
The racing green R-reg car, which Mr Nicolle had had for a year, has been examined by police and he has been told he will not face prosecution.
A spokesman for BMW, which wants to examine the wrecked car, said: "We are unaware of any issues of that nature with that particular model."