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Harry in High Speed escapade

Postby bjr » Mon May 19, 2008 7:09 am

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Driver: Harry in high-speed escapade


Published: May 18, 2008 at 12:31 PM
Print story Email to a friend Font size:LONDON, May 18 (UPI) -- Britain's Prince Harry has been accused of taking part in a 100 mph car chase in the British county of Berkshire, police say.

In an official police complaint, 33-year-old Tim Williams alleged that royal protection officers forced him to drive at unsafe speeds by tailgating his car as the prince was traveling to an area nightclub, The Mail on Sunday reported.

"It was very close. I thought they were going to nudge me. It was frightening. The middle lane was busy so I couldn't pull back in," Williams said.

Williams said the driver of a Range Rover who forced him to speeds of nearly 100 mph appeared to be attempting to catch up to a speeding Audi which had passed him. Williams alleged that when he caught up with both vehicles in traffic, he saw Harry in the Audi's passenger seat.

Williams said he knows the prince needs protection, but he criticized the royal convoy for frightening his family.

"It was really dangerous and I'm furious that they think they can drive like this just because of who they are," he told the Mail.
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Re: Harry in High Speed escapade

Postby bjr » Mon May 19, 2008 7:14 am

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Police probe after lives are put at risk in Prince Harry's 100mph motorway race to Boujis
By CHRISTOPHER LEAKE and ALEXANDRA WILLIAMS - More by this author ┬╗

Last updated at 10:45am on 18th May 2008

Flash Harry: The Prince pictured arriving at Boujis nightclub hours after the incident
Police are investigating claims that Prince Harry and his bodyguards took part in a reckless 100mph car chase on their way to Boujis nightclub.

Company director Tim Williams says his family's lives, including that of his eight-month-old baby, were put at risk by the convoy's driving.

He has now lodged an official complaint, claiming that he was tailgated by Royal protection officers who forced him to accelerate to dangerous speeds.

The drama happened last Saturday when Mr Williams was driving at 70mph in the middle lane of the M4 near Slough, Berkshire, with his wife, sister-in-law and baby.

As he indicated to pull into the outside lane, Mr Williams spotted a black £80,000 Audi R8 two-seater sports car in his wing mirror, which powered past him at a speed he estimated at more than 100mph.

Seconds later, Mr Williams, 33, switched to the outside lane only to find a dark green Range Rover bearing down on him at high speed with its headlights flashing.

Almost nudging Mr Williams's car, the Range Rover driver then turned on blue warning lights hidden behind its radiator grille.

Unable to rejoin the middle lane because of heavy traffic, Mr Williams was forced to accelerate to almost 100mph with the Range Rover only inches from his bumper.

Twenty minutes later, as traffic slowed at lights in West London, Mr Williams was surprised to catch up with both cars.

He was shocked to see Prince Harry in the passenger seat of the stationary Audi R8.

In the driving seat was a male friend wearing a baseball cap speaking into his mobile phone.

Harry tried to hide his identity by putting on sunglasses and placing his hands over his face.

Later the same evening, the 23-year-old Prince was seen partying at Boujis nightclub in Kensington until 3.30am.

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Speed: An Audi R8 like the one Harry and a pal were spotted driving at about 100mph

Describing the drama last night, Mr Williams said: "They put lives at risk.

"It was about 8pm on Saturday, and we were driving from Marlborough in Wiltshire to London in the middle lane.

"I was about to pull out when I saw an Audi R8 in my mirrors.

"It came from nowhere. I let it pass. It was going a hell of a speed – at least 100mph.

"I then pulled into the outside lane. Immediately a Range Rover came right up behind us.

"It was very close. I thought they were going to nudge me. It was frightening. The middle lane was busy so I couldn't pull back in.

"I accelerated because the Range Rover was so close, ridiculously close.

"I thought perhaps the Range Rover was racing with the Audi. It really did scare us. It was intimidating.

"He then started flashing his lights, obviously wanting me out of the way.

"Then the blue flashing lights came on. I realised it must be an unmarked police car. I couldn't understand why he hadn't had his blue lights on when I first saw him if it was an emergency.

"I had no option but to accelerate, forcing me well over the 70mph limit to speeds I was uncomfortable with.

"As the Range Rover passed, the angry passenger in the front shook his fist and his mobile phone at me. They were doing well over 100mph."

About five miles further along the motorway there are roadworks, and cameras record average speed. The speed limit is 50mph.

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Mr Williams said: "I was surprised to see the Range Rover in the distance. I wondered why it was suddenly sticking to the speed limit when minutes ago there was apparently an emergency.

"By the end of the M4, we had caught up with the Range Rover and the Audi sitting in a traffic jam.

"My wife took down both their number plates. We felt we had to report them.

"How dare they put the lives of motorists at risk.

"They intimidated me and my family. It was really dangerous and I'm furious that they think they can drive like this just because of who they are.

"Surely if the police have to tail Prince Harry, then that's all the more reason for his mate to drive slowly, or at least within the speed limit."

Sheila Ranger, deputy director of the RAC Foundation, said last night: "The police should know better than to tailgate, which causes one in three accidents on our motorways.

"It's very disappointing that people should be intimidated by the Royal Family or those paid to protect them."

Last night, it was not clear who owned the Audi R8, but the Royal Family enjoy a special deal with the German car-maker to supply them with vehicles at a discount.

Prince Charles has an Audi A8 limousine and two Audi estate cars. Prince William has a powerful Audi S4 V8 saloon while Harry himself had a Audi A3 turbo-diesel, which he was accused of racing inside Allenby Barracks in Bovington, Dorset – where there is a 20mph limit – in 2006.

Last night, Thames Valley Police confirmed they had received a complaint from Mr Williams which they had passed to Scotland Yard as Metropolitan Police royal protection officers were driving the Range Rover.

Scotland Yard said: "We are not prepared to discuss matters of security or protection."

Clarence House added: "It's a police matter, and we'll leave it to them."
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Re: Harry in High Speed escapade

Postby jjp » Tue May 20, 2008 5:42 am

This is the kind of behaviour I am very used to seeing from protection officers in Eastern Europe. The mini convoys of unmarked but very expensive and usually black vehicles are positively dangerous.

These drivers should be prosecuted in this country.
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Re: Harry in High Speed escapade

Postby Scribbler » Sat May 24, 2008 6:16 pm

Cabo is right. They ARE an utter waste of space.
Listen very carefully, I will say this only once: LEAVING SMALL CHILDREN ALONE TO FEND FOR THEMSELVES IS UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR!!
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