With no brakes and being trapped in a car that was racing uncontrollably at 125 mph for one hour, a 36-year-old driver had no choice but to go on a high-speed car chase that took him through two countries and on national news bulletins. And the only thing Frank Lecerf really had planned to do on Saturday was going on his weekly supermarket shopping trip, reports Le Courrier picard on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.
Instead of arriving at his supermarket not far away from his home in Pont-de-Metz, near Amiens in France, Frank Lecerf ended up in a ditch in another country 125 miles away from home.
"’My life flashed before me. I just wanted it to stop,” told Frank Lecerf the Le Courrier picard. “Je suis un miraculé -- I am a miracle.”
The 36-year-old driver was on his way to his supermarket when he noticed that he was unable to change his car’s speed and that it stayed at 60 mph. Desperately, Frank Lecerf tried to hit the brakes but instead of slowing down, each time he hit the brakes, the car would go faster.
When the car was going at 125 mph, it appeared to have reached its maximum speed. While Frank Lecerf’s car was speeding uncontrollably, he was able to call an emergency service which immediately sent out a squad of police cars.
The squad of police cars participated in the 125 mph high-speed chase and cleared the way along the 125 mile trip. A national bulletin informed other bewildered drivers as to what caused a convoy of seemingly runaway cars. Toll stations along the way were warned to raise their barriers so Frank Lecerf's car could race through.
The high-speed chase continued through the northern part of France across the border and into Belgium until the speeding car finally ran out of gas about 125 miles away from home and ended up in a ditch.
“Frank Lecerf finally came to a stop in a ditch in Belgium when his Renault Laguna ran out of petrol after 200km trip.”
Lecerf has filed a legal complaint for the "endangerment of a person's life" against Renault. Even though a Renault technician had tried to help during the 125 mile high-speed chase, he could not find any solution on how to get the runaway car under control.
“Lecerf said that it wasn't the first time his speed dial had jammed but that Renault had looked at the car and assured him that it was fine.”
Being trapped in a runaway car at a speed of 125 mph for one hour is not what one would consider driving a car that was supposed to be “fine.”