A dangerous driver has been jailed after leading police on a dramatic chase along the M4 at speeds of more than 140mph.

Muneeb Mehran, of Whurley Way in Maidenhead, was sentenced to 26 months behind bars after pleading guilty to dangerous driving, failing to stop, possession of cannabis, and driving with no insurance and no licence.

The 23-year-old was spotted by police driving a Volkswagen Passat at speeds of around 130mph on the M4 eastbound, near junction 15 at Swindon, shortly before midnight on January 19.

After officers indicated for Mehran to stop, he pulled over on the hard shoulder before making off at speed as officers approached the vehicle.

This sparked a pursuit along the motorway, during which he reached speeds of over 140mph through temporary roadworks, where a 40mph limit was in place.

He also undertook vehicles at high speed.

The chase continued into the Thames Valley Police area where officers from both forces used specialist tactics to stop the car.

Mehran was the vehicle’s only occupant and was arrested and later remanded in custody.

He has been banned from the roads for 18 months.

PC Ben Greening, from the Roads Policing Unit, labelled Mehran’s driving “totally unacceptable.”

He added: “It is extremely fortunate that nobody was injured or worse, killed, as a result of his reckless behaviour.”