Moment ‘idiotic’ disqualified driver sped car down busy railway tracks

An "idiotic" man drove a 4×4 half a mile down a live railway track.

The disqualified motorist was caught on CCTV hurtling along the train line at Duddeston station in Birmingham.

To get onto the tracks, Aaron O'Halloran smashed through a gate in the Mitsubishi Shogun which he soon abandoned on the railway near Aston on the morning of May 9.

The 31-year-old was caught by police who found his mobile phone left behind inside the vehicle, BirminghamLive reports.

O'Halloran's mindless escapade not only put the lives of train passengers at risk but left a trail of destruction costing £23,000 to repair.

As a result of the damaged tracks, trains were delayed for eight hours.

O’Halloran, 31, of Thornbury Road, Handsworth, was found guilty of endangering people on the railway, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, and using a vehicle without insurance.

He was sentenced to 15 months in prison and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £156 when he appeared at Birmingham Crown Court on August 23.

The court heard O’Halloran drove the car through a gate at Duddeston station and travelled half a mile down the railway tracks towards Aston. He then abandoned the vehicle across the tracks and fled the scene.

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Officers found a mobile phone inside the car and traced it back to him after the incident at around 7.30am on May 9.

In the interview O’Halloran refused to comment on the incident, only denying it was him driving the vehicle when shown CCTV footage.

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."

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