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125 MPH, No Brakes on Vehicle Forces Man to Drive For 150 Miles Across Europe & Into a Ditch

By Bobby Pollier, EnStars
on Feb 14, 2013 09:47 AM EST
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A man was reportedly trapped inside his car traveling at speeds of 125 mph with a jammed accelerator and no brakes to stop him.

Daily Mail reported on Wednesday that Frank Lecerf, 36, was on his way to a hypermarket to do shopping when his Renault Laguna developed a problem near his home in Pont-de-Metz, toward Amiens in northern France.

The car, which specifically caters to disabled drivers, began to accelerate as Lecerf was driving at 60 mph. Without pushing on the gas pedal, the Laguna allegedly started to increase in speed and Lecerf had no control of the vehicle.

"It was as if my life was flashing before me," he said.  

Soon after, the car hit its top speed of 125 mph and Lecerf reportedly began suffering health problems during the scary ordeal.

"I just wanted it to stop," he said, explaining how he contacted the police, who put him in touch with a Renault engineer that attempted to direct him to a full stop.

While swerving in and out of traffic, and past three toll booths, Lecerf was joined by high-speed police cars that tried to create a "safety" net around him.  The cars sped across northern Europe for roughly 150 miles, and ended up crossing the border from France into Belgium.

Luckily, a serious accident was avoided when the car ran out of gas and into a ditch in Alveringem, Belgium. The Renault technician unsuccessfully attempted to advise the police on how to solve the dangerous issue as they following the car.

Oddly enough, Lecerf said the incident wasn't the first speed jamming situation he's endured, but that Renault had previously looked at his vehicle and stated that the issue was fixed.

His lawyer said that he was going to file a legal complaint to the car company over "endangerment of a person's life."  Renault said that they were waiting for the results of the investigation.

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