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No jail for 130mph video driver
Danny Hyde
Hyde was spared a custodial sentence for his actions
A man from Suffolk who filmed himself driving at speeds of up to 130mph has been given a four-month jail sentence, suspended for 18 months.

Danny Hyde, 18, from Swallow Drive, Stowmarket, was seen driving with one hand while he recorded the journey on his mobile phone.

He then put the filmed footage on the YouTube website.

Hyde pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at a hearing at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court.

He was also ordered to do 210 hours of community service and disqualified from driving from 18 months.

The incident took place on the east-bound carriageway of the A14 between the White House and Copdock interchanges, between July and August last year, but a YouTube viewer told police about the video.

'Not a playground'

Chair of the bench Anne Parry told Hyde: "We consider what you did was so serious that a custodial sentence was justified.

"The aggravating factor was excessive speed, the fact you were holding a mobile phone with one hand on the wheel.

"We estimate for two minutes you drove like that covering three-to-four miles in this manner.

"The other factor was that you posted it on YouTube, publicising what you did, potentially influencing others."

Following the verdict, Insp Trevor Sharman, of Suffolk Police said: "The road is not a playground, and its misuse is nothing to be proud of.

"I would like to thank the member of public who brought this clip to our attention, to enable us to track down and prosecute this individual."

Hyde had only one hand on the wheel as he filmed

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