Police officer hit 145mph in high-powered BMW during A90 car chase

General view of traffic on the A90 between Forfar and Brechin.

A police officer reached more than double the speed limit on a major Tayside road during a pursuit.

A Tele investigation has revealed that the officer was involved in a cross-country pursuit in his road policing vehicle when he hit 145mph on the A90 in Angus earlier this year.

The drama unfolded at Waterston Road, north of Forfar, on April 24.

The officer’s speed was revealed as part of a freedom of information request to Police Scotland about the highest speeds recorded on roads in the area this year.

The officer was driving a high-powered three-litre diesel BMW when he was involved in a chase with two teenagers — aged 17 and 19 — who were caught and later charged with driving and drugs offences.

The youths had led police on a pursuit across the Tayside and Grampian regions.

The officer at the wheel was captured by a speed camera but was not prosecuted as he had an emergency service exemption — which allows blue light services to ignore speed limits in certain situations.

In another incident in June, the same model of BMW — capable of hitting 60mph from a standing start in less than six seconds — hit 138mph on the same stretch of road.

Exemptions are granted to police and other emergency vehicles when they are captured driving above the speed limit and are judged to have done so in response to an emergency.

A total of 150 have been granted for police vehicles so far in 2017, down from 316 last year and 269 in 2015.

Sandy Allan, road safety manager for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents Scotland, said police had to “balance” the risks to which the public are exposed when undertaking such manoeuvres.

He added: “High-speed, emergency drives should only be undertaken when essential and by authorised and trained police drivers.

“Even in these times of reduced public spending, it’s crucial that police forces maintain their driver and motorcycle training, for the sake of their own officers and for members of the public.”

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: “Police officers drive according to their training and utilise the legal exemptions afforded to them when necessary.”

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