Airline pilot and pal narrowly escape
jail after filming themselves driving
at more than 100mph
An airline pilot and his friend who filmed themselves driving at high speeds along North Wales roads have today been sentenced for dangerous driving.
Pilot Timur Khayrov and friend David Murray, both 30 years old, filmed themselves driving their Porsches along the B4501 in the Conwy area and the B4391 in Gwynedd on 16 March 2020.
They then uploaded the video to the YouTube channel “Vehicle Villains” where it was seen by the police, Caernarfon Crown Court was told.
The pair had travelled from Scotland in order to drive their high-performance cars, with Murray reaching a speed of 116mph and Khayrov reaching 105mph along the country roads.
As members of the not-for-profit company, Road Safety Support, which provides expert road traffic enforcement support to police forces, North Wales Police enlisted the help of forensic video analyst, Steve Callaghan.
Mr Callaghan used specialist techniques to calculate the exact speeds of both vehicles by analysing the video from YouTube.
He also surveyed the road markings, which provided further evidence in the case. As a result, both men later pleaded guilty to the offence of dangerous driving.
The pair were both sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.
They were both disqualified from driving for 18 months and must then take an extended retest. They were also ordered to pay £540 each plus a victim surcharge.
Steve Callaghan said: “Murray and Khayrov believed, as many others have, that carefully concealing the speedometers in their cars from the camera would protect them from having their speeds measured.
“Vehicle speeds can be reliably recovered by using the appropriate analysis. On this occasion the dangerous driving was supported by revealing those speeds.”
Andrew Warman, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “The two men showed a complete disregard for the safety of other road users which could have had devastating consequences.
“They treated these public roads as if they were a private racetrack and it’s fortunate that nobody was seriously injured.
"The CPS authorised charges of dangerous driving after reviewing the evidence submitted by the police.”