Terrified friends held hands as driver tried to reach 150mph
A SPEEDING drink-driver who tried to reach 150mph avoided killing himself, his friends and another driver by "sheer luck".
Aaron Craig Jones, aged 20, was seen to drive at 115mph on a 60mph road, but told his friends who were in the car: "I had 150 out of my old car, shall we try get that out of this ?"
His terrified friends were holding hands after he had ignored their pleas to slow down.
He had been drinking that afternoon because of the breakdown of his relationship but got behind the wheel. He was found to have 105 millilitres of alcohol in his blood. The limit is 80 millilitres.
He nearly collided with another car on the A4019 as he drove from Crynant to Aberdulais and despite flipping his car onto its side, luckily, all his friends escaped with minor injuries.
His own barrister admitted he was showing off.
Huw Rees, representing Jones, said: "He has let himself down very badly. He was naive about his driving to say the least."
Prosecutor Brian Simpson had described to Swansea Crown Court that Jones was driving his friends into Neath when he began speeding around Seven Sisters.
His friend, Matthew Thomas, who was sat behind him, said Jones was accelerating hard as they went through Seven Sisters and he saw him driving at double the 30mph limit.
When his friends told Jones, of Moorlands in Dyffryn Cellwen, Neath, to slow down he replied: "Who's driving this car, me or you?"
He ignored their pleas to slow down and then took a blind bend, near Ynysgerwn Cricket Cub, on the wrong side of the road
Mr Thomas said at this time he thought he was "going to die".
When they saw headlights, Jones swerved, as did the oncoming car.
Jones lost control of the car, which clipped the kerb before flipping over, spinning two or three times, before coming to a stop on the passenger side.
The other car stopped safely.
Mr Rees said Jones knew he could face prison but said the offence was out of character and Jones was a hard-working apprentice mechanical engineer.
Jones admitted dangerous driving.
Recorder David Miller said: "This was a dreadful piece of driving and you could have killed yourself but also your passengers in your car and other road users.
"You were showing off and disregarded warnings from your passengers. It was relatively prolonged and it's by sheer good luck that no serious injury was caused," he said.
Jones was ordered to complete 240 hours of unpaid work, told he would be subject to a weekend curfew and banned from driving for 18 months.