A MITSUBISHI Evo driver who was caught doing 126mph down the M4 took off from traffic cops after being asked to pull over.

Edward Payne, 44, was fined £590 and banned from the road for 56 days after he admitted speeding. 

PC Steve Hughes, who flagged the Evo down, said: "This driver not only put the lives of other road users in danger that day but also that of his own. 

"Excessive speeds like this can so easily lead to a serious collision with often fatal consequences. 

"I hope this fine and ban allows this man time to think about his actions so he never makes the same misjudged mistake again."

Police said officer PC Hughes was conducting speed checks on the M4 westbound on Sunday, May 9 last year, when he recorded Payne's white Mitsubishi Evo pass him at 126mph. 

The officer chased down the high performance car, stopping him at Junction 15. 

Payne was asked to pull into the nearby Badbury weighbridge but he ignored the request and sped off. 

PC Hughes ran the Evo's details through police computer systems and tracked down Payne's address.

Payne, of Stanway Close, Park South, had been due to stand trial at Swindon Magistrates' Court this morning but pleaded guilty to the single charge of speeding. 

He was disqualified from driving for 56 days, fined £590 and ordered to pay costs of more than £300.