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  • 14 February 2013, 17:33

Speed: French Driver Gets Stuck At 125mph

A French driver was forced to drive at 125mph for more than 150 miles after his accelerator jammed during a supermarket trip.

Frank Lecerf called police when his modified Renault Laguna malfunctioned in Pont-de-Metz, near Amiens, in northern France.

The car's speed first jammed at 60mph, and then it accelerated instead of slowing down each time he tried to brake.

"My life flashed before me," he told Le Courrier picard. "I just wanted it to stop."

The 36-year-old managed to call the emergency services to report the problem as he hurtled along the French motorway past Calais and Dunkirk, and across the Belgian border.

In scenes reminiscent of Hollywood movie 'Speed', police cars were sent to "safely" escort the disabled motorist past other vehicles.

At the same time toll stations were ordered to raise their barriers and let the cars through

Emergency services also put the driver through to a Renault engineer, who vainly attempted to help him stop the car.

The car finally ran out of fuel after speeding across the border and careered into a ditch in Alveringem.

Mr Lecerf was said to be unhurt but reportedly suffered two epileptic seizures.

He claims to have suffered problems with his acceleration getting stuck before.

His lawyer said he would file a legal complaint against Renault over "endangerment of a person's life".

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