A "RECKLESS" Audi driver has been banned from the road after racing along the A27 at 150mph.

Sussex Police have slammed Maeteusz Kryskow's "appalling" actions after he sped past patrolling officers near Lewes on May 10.

The 33-year-old was disqualified from driving for 20 months and fined £180 as he appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court last week.

His Audi was one of two cars to whizz past patrolling PC Andre Owen of the Roads Policing Unit as he watched over the A27 on May 10.

Both vehicles overtook him while travelling at well over the 70mph speed limit.

Video which has now been released by Sussex Police shows the cars accelerating past the police vehicle.

PC Owen gave chase, with one of the cars slowing down immediately as he approached.

But Kryskow, in an Audi A6 TDI, continued to accelerate, reaching speeds of up to 150mph.

This driver of the other car has not been traced, with the faster car treated as a priority due to its "the grossly excessive speed".

PC Owen managed to get closer to the Audi and indicated for the driver to pull over, which he did.

Kryskow, of Windmill Road in Polegate, was reported for summons to face a charge of dangerous driving and, at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on November 25 where he was disqualified from driving for 20 months. 

He must take an extended re-test should he wish to drive again.

Kryskow was also given a community order, requiring him to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work, and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £95 victim surcharge.

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “I am appalled by the manner of driving demonstrated by the defendant. It’s extremely fortunate he did not seriously injure or kill himself or someone else that day, and his actions can only be described as reckless, dangerous and completely irresponsible.

The Argus: The Audi stopped for police Credit: Sussex PoliceThe Audi stopped for police Credit: Sussex Police

“There may have been fewer vehicles on the roads during lockdown, but that had absolutely no bearing on our decision to prosecute the driver – speed kills, and it’s an offence we take extremely seriously.

“Travelling at such a high speed significantly reduces your braking distance, and the faster you drive, the less time you have to react if something unexpected happens. It also massively reduces your chances of surviving a crash.

“Our officers are highly skilled and receive regular training to respond to incidents such as this, as part of our ongoing commitment to reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads.”

Speeding is one of the five most common causes of fatal and serious injury collisions in the UK.

The Argus: One of the cars reached 150mph Credit: Sussex PoliceOne of the cars reached 150mph Credit: Sussex Police

In Sussex last year, there were a staggering 1,395 speed-related collisions which resulted in injuries. Of these, 315 were serious injuries and a further 18 were sadly fatal.

Chief Insp Hodder said: “We ask all road users to obey the speed limits and remember that they are a limit; not a target. Slowing down could save a life.”