Dangerous driver Astin Martin, 30, speeds at 93mph in 30mph zone

Dangerous driver called Astin Martin, 30, speeds at 93mph in a 30mph zone while trying to flee from police

  • Astin Martin O’Brien, 30, was pursued through Ashington, Northumberland 
  • Police Superintendent said: ‘He might be called Astin Martin but he’s no Bond’ 
  • He was handed an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months

A dangerous driver called Astin Martin has been jailed for eight months after he reached 93mph in a 30mph zone while trying to flee from police.

Astin Martin O’Brien, 30, was in a Ford Fiesta when he was pursued through Ashington in Northumberland last September.

Luckily no one was injured and he was yesterday handed an eight-month prison sentence as police say ‘he might be called Astin Martin but he’s no James Bond’.


A dangerous driver called Astin Martin has been handed a lengthy ban after he reached 93mph in a 30mph zone while trying to flee from police in Ashington in Northumberland last September

O’Brien – who had already been banned and had no licence or insurance at the time – reached speeds of up to 93mph in the residential streets before he crashed into a wall and then tried to run off.

Police – backed up by a police helicopter – managed to stop him before anyone was hurt. 

He was arrested but refused to provide police with a breath, blood or urine sample. 

Northumbria Police said O’Brien, of Blyth, admitted failing to provide a specimen at the scene and was jailed for eight weeks by magistrates in December.

O’Brien then appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on Thursday, charged with a string of other driving offences.

O’Brien – who had already been banned and had no licence or insurance at the time – reached speeds of up to 93mph in the residential streets before he crashed into a wall and then tried to run off. Pictured: Police dashcam footage showed the car chase

Police – backed up by a police helicopter (footage pictured) – managed to stop him before anyone was hurt

He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, having no insurance or licence and failing to stop, and was given an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months.

Superintendent Helena Barron, from Northumbria Police, said: ‘O’Brien was incredibly lucky that no-one was injured by his extremely dangerous and reckless driving.

‘He was already banned from driving from previous convictions and therefore had no insurance or licence at the time of the incident.

He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, having no insurance or licence and failing to stop, and was given an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months. Pictured: O’Brien spotted from the police helicopter

‘His actions risked the lives of the officers trying to stop him, and the lives of others.

‘Hopefully this time he will see how deadly the consequences of his actions could have been and thinks again before getting behind the wheel.

‘He might be called Astin Martin but he’s no James Bond and he’ll need to get used to public transport for the time being.’

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