This is the moment an incredibly reckless driver is caught hurtling down busy railway tracks in a 4×4 causing GBP 23,000 damage and earning himself a 15-month prison sentence.
Aaron O’Halloran, 31, was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment and ordered to pay GBP 156 by the Birmingham Crown Court on 23rd August for driving along the railway track towards Aston, Birmingham on 9th May.
In the footage obtained by Newsflash from the British Transport Police O’Halloran can be seen hurtling along the railway tracks from Duddeston station towards Aston.
O’Halloran got the 4×4 Mitsubishi onto the railway tracks by smashing through a gate at Duddeston station and then proceeded to drive the badly damaged car along the tracks at high speed for over half a mile.
The British Transport Police said in a statement obtained by Newsflash: “O’Halloran drove the car through a gate at Duddeston station and travelled half a mile down the railway tracks towards Aston. “
They added: “He then abandoned the vehicle across the tracks and fled the scene. Officers found a mobile phone inside the car and traced it back to him.”
The incident resulted in over GBP 23,000 worth of damage to the railway and passenger delays of up to eight hours
O’Halloran continues to deny his guilt and has insisted that he isn’t the person driving the car in the video and gave no explanation as to why he decided to drive along the tracks.
Detective Inspector Raymond Ascott, said: “This was an immensely dangerous and senseless act by O’Halloran which caused significant risk to passengers and damage to the railway.”
“The sentence handed to him reflects the severity of this crime and we are thankful no one was injured as a result of O’Halloran’s alarming behaviour.
“He’ll now have plenty of time to reflect on his idiotic actions in prison.”
O’Halloran was found guilty of endangering people on the railway, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, and using a vehicle without insurance.
It was not revealed who the vehicle belonged to or how he had obtained it.