A 113 mph driver from Wrexham has been jailed for framing his own brother in a bid to save his skin.

Michael Davies gave the name and address of his brother Geoffrey Holland when he was pulled over on the M5 in Devon and the police believed him.

His lies unravelled when police discovered he was driving on false plates and prosecuted his brother, who was so outraged that he sent photos of himself and Davies to the police.

Officers compared them to the images they took at the scene and realised they had prosecuted the wrong brother.

They tracked down Davies who carried on lying and claimed Geoffrey had suggested the scheme.

Even when he pleaded guilty to the deception, he tried to dodge justice by jumping bail and stayed on the run for almost a year before police arrested him in Newquay, Cornwall, last week.

Davies and his brother both come from Wrexham, where Geoffrey still lives, but Davies now lives in Devon.

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Davies, aged 37, of Chittlehampton, Devon, admitted perverting the course of justice and failing to answer bail and was jailed for 14 months by Judge Peter Johnson at Exeter Crown Court.

He told him: “To quote your brother, you threw him under a bus to save your own skin.

"He feels incredibly let down by you. I must have regard for the fact that another man was charged with your offences.”

The judge also banned Davies from driving for a month after his release because his ploy led to him not being prosecuted for speeding within the statutory six months limit.

Mr Peter Coombe, prosecuting, said Davies was stopped doing 113 mph on the M5 near Honiton on September 3, 2019, in a VW Golf with false plates.

He gave his brother’s details because he had no licence or insurance.

Police checked out the car and discovered that it was registered to Davies, who picked it up without confessing to his deception, which only came to light when his brother contacted police.

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Traffic officers compared photos sent by the brother with dashcam and bodycam footage from the motorway had shoulder and uncovered the truth.

Mr Piers Norsworthy, defending, said Davies was desperate to avoid detection because did not want to lose a high-paying job as a digger driver.

He said Davies has a troubled past but has stayed out of trouble since committing this offence.

He had not tried to jump bail but had been working hard to support his partner and young son.

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