A RECKLESS rider clocked 150mph on the motorway.

Police pursued the motorbike rider as he sped along the M23 southbound at 10.15am this morning (Thursday).

They briefly lost the vehicle at Fulking, but found and arrested the rider in a nearby car park.

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, from the roads policing unit said: “This was an excellent response by our specialist roads policing officers, who used their instinct and ingenuity to locate a dangerous driver.

“It’s hugely disappointing that this incident occurred less than 24 hours after we issued an appeal for motorists to avoid unnecessary journeys, and to pay particular attention to the ‘fatal four’ offences – speeding, drink and drug-driving, mobile phone use and not wearing a seatbelt.

“Just because a road is clear, it does not give you license to speed or commit any other offence. Travelling at such a senseless speed significantly reduces the amount of time you have to react to any other hazards on the road, therefore increasing your chances of being involved in a collision.

“Speed kills. It’s as simple as that. The motorcyclist in this incident can count himself fortunate to still be alive – he could easily have killed or seriously injured himself or someone else.”

In 2019 there were a total of 1,353 speed-related collisions in Sussex – the most in the county since 2009. Of these, 321 resulted in fatal or serious injury collisions.

A 25-year-old man from Worthing has been reported for dangerous driving, speeding and failing to stop. His bike was also seized.

Chief Insp Hodder added: “As mentioned previously, we will continue to crackdown on criminals in order to keep everyone as safe as possible on our roads.”

If you witness an incident of dangerous or antisocial driving you can report it online via Operation Crackdown.