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This appeared in the Daily Record last week!

A BMW driver went through 60 miles of terror at up to 140mph when the throttle on his car jammed.
Kevin Nicolle, 25, dialled 999 as he hurtled down the A1 and screamed: "I'm going to die!"
A police helicopter and four patrol cars tracked Kevin as he weaved desperately through traffic at breakneck speed.
Bizarrely, some drivers refused to get out of his way, even though he was flashing his headlights and hazard lights and sounding his horn.
Kevin's brakes burned out, and the 30 - minute nightmare ride ended when the BMW slammed into a roundabout at 100mph and flipped on to its roof.
Amazingly, Kevin was cut free with only minor cuts and bruises.
Kevin, of Portsmouth, Hampshire, was driving his BMW 318 automatic home from Newcastle when he realised his accelerator was stuck.
He said: "I couldn't get the pedal off the floor.
"I tried to slip the car into neutral but because it was over-revving and red-lining I couldn't do it.
"And I couldn't turn off the ignition because it would have disabled the power steering and made it even more dangerous."
Kevin braked hard to try to slow the car and phoned the AA for advice.
He said: "They told me to hang up straight away and phone the police. I dialled 999 and spoke to a woman. I was starting to panic.
"My brakes were burning out and starting to fail. That's when the speed really started to build - on downhill stretches I was doing 140mph.
"Slow-moving cars were a blur. It was like being strapped to a rocket."
Police scrambled four patrol cars and a helicopter. The copter pilot monitored traffic ahead so the 999 operator could tell Kevin which lane to choose.
Kevin said: "I was starting to shake and freeze up. I broke into tears. I couldn't help it - I thought I was definitely going to die.
"I was getting hysterical. The traffic was getting heavier and I had to take drastic measures.
"The police told me to get on the hard shoulder and put my hazard lights and headlights on and blow my horn so people knew what was going on.
"But some drivers didn't seem to care. I was screaming at cars to get out of my way but they just didn't.
"I was hurtling through traffic and having to undertake cars. Sometimes I missed them by inches.
"There was an articulated lorry overtaking another artic and another guy in the fast lane.
"I was flashing and blowing my horn at the guy in the car, but the only way to get past was to undertake and when I did that he speeded up. I only just made it past.
"The 999 operator told me the police were about half a mile behind me but were finding it difficult to catch me.
"Then I saw a sign saying it was 800 yards to a roundabout.
"I told the operator, 'There's no way I'm going to get through this. Call me an ambulance - I'm going to die.'
"There was a queue of cars. I swerved round them, then tried to go round the roundabout.
"The last thing I remember is a woman's voice saying, 'He's crashed, he's crashed.' After that, I remember being cut out of the car and a paramedic sticking needles in me.
"I said to the firemen, 'Don't cut my car, you'll damage it'. They were saying, 'Don't worry about that mate, it's written off.'"
Kevin crashed at Blyth, Nottinghamshire last Sunday.
Rescuers took an hour to cut him free. He was taken to nearby Bassetlaw Hospital but discharged a few hours later.
"I only had bruises from the seatbelt and cuts on my chin," Kevin said. "I'm one of the luckiest people on earth."
Kevin, a truck driver, bought the 1.8 litre 1998 BMW a year ago from a dealer for 4395. He spent 3000 on a sound system for it.
He isn't sure if he will ever drive again. But incredibly, he said: "If I do buy another car it will definitely be a BMW. The fact I got out unscathed is down to how well-made their cars are."
A BMW spokesman said he couldn't understand why Kevin had not put the car in neutral and stopped on the hard shoulder.
He added that there could have been a problem with the car's accelerator cable, but the company did not have enough information to make a proper judgment.
BMW have offered to inspect the car. The spokesman said: "I suspect something has happened to this specific vehicle.
"BMW automatic drivers should not panic. Everything points to this being a one-off."
Police said: "Kevin was doing in excess of 100mph and is lucky to have walked away. Enquiries are ongoing."
It was like being strapped to a rocket. I was screaming'
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