A DANGEROUS driver named Astin Martin has been caught by police driving at 93mph in a 30mph zone.

Astin Martin O’Brien, 30, was driving a Ford Fiesta instead of James Bond’s car of choice as he led police on a pursuit.

Officers were deployed alongside the police helicopter to track down the speeding motorist and put an emergency stop on his actions before anyone was injured.

The already banned driver, who had no insurance or licence at the time, reached speeds of 93mph as he recklessly drove through built up streets in Ashington on September 28 last year.

He hit a wall and then attempting to flee on foot but officers were hot on his heels and arrested him shortly after.

He failed to provide a specimen after officers suspected him of being under the influence.

In December O’Brien, of Disraeli Street in Blyth, admitted failing to provide a specimen at the scene and was jailed for eight weeks by the Magistrates’ Court and banned from driving for three years.

O’Brien appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on Thursday and pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, having no insurance or licence and failing to stop and was sentenced to an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months.

Superintendent Helena Barron 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.

“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.”