VIDEO: Dashboard cam reveals mechanic’s 118mph ‘joyride’

A motorist from Heysham has described his horror after his dashboard camera revealed reckless garage mechanics drove his car almost double the legal limit - reaching speeds of 118mph.

Wayne Clinning, 42, took his Ford Focus ST in for a service and new tyres at Pye Motors, In Ovangle Road, Morecambe, just before Christmas, and also asked workers at the official Ford garage to check the speedometer and the tracking.

Wayne Clinning

Wayne Clinning

But when he got it back he claims half a tank of fuel had been used, so he activated the dashboard camera when he returned the vehicle for more repairs.

The father-of-one said he couldn’t believe it when he got back his car and watched footage which appeared to show a mechanic “joyriding” in it.

During the ten minute test drive near the garage in Morecambe, Lancashire, the driver also appears to undertake at speed and drive on the wrong side of the road - at 114mph.

The footage - shot on a tiny camera on the central mirror - also looks to show him revving the engine and squeezing past oncoming traffic.

And when the mechanic gets back to the garage, the audio mic catches him and a colleague rifling through bags in the car.

Garage bosses said they were taking the incident “extremely seriously” and had launched an internal investigation and were taking disciplinary action.

Health and safety worker Wayne said: “They were just using and abusing my car, flooring it up and down the motorway.

“I bet this happens all the time and they keep getting away with it.

“They may be doing it to everyones’ cars, and people might not even realise.

“They have violated my trust, joy ridden my car and lied to me.”

When Wayne got his car back three days later, he noticed half a tank of fuel had been used.

He also wasn’t happy with the tracking and thought the speedometer was still playing up, so he took it back to the garage, asking them to also check for a petrol leak.

He said: “I said to them, ‘while I’m here, I don’t know how this happened. I’ve only just got over half a tank left - could you check if there is a petrol leak, or are you keeping the engine on?’

“They said nothing. It went in one ear and out the other.”

The camera only stores 32gb of data before re-writing, so while he couldn’t access the videos from the first garage visit, Wayne made sure to immediately access the new ones.

The footage appears to show the mechanic driving out of the industrial estate - where there is a 30mph speed limit - at 56mph, even when he is approaching a junction.

Later, a sign at the side of the road shows a 40mph limit, but the garage mechanic undertakes another car at 54mph, speeding up to 84mph as he reaches a roundabout.

One clip shows the driver push the car to 106mph in a 60 zone, and later he reaches 108mph as he passes a sign saying “Police speed check this area” before reaching an eye-watering 118mph.

He speeds at 71mph down a 60 road before performing a U-turn, revving the engine repeatedly, and returning at 93mph.

On a single carriage way 60mph road he also overtakes an MG and has to squeeze between it and an oncoming car.

His final burst is a 62mph jaunt down a 40mph road which is half coned off, while he zooms past a sign warning him he is just 250yards from a set of traffic lights.

Then back in the garage two male workers can be heard discussing the contents of a bag in the car - with one searching through the contents.

One asks “What has he got from Lee’s Games?” and his colleague answers “I don’t know” and can be heard rummaging through a rustling carrier bag.

His colleague asks him “You wait will you, rummaging through his bag” and then they discuss how the PS3 games in the bag include ‘Brothers in Arms’.

Angry Wayne said: “They were using and abusing my car. They were joyriding it. I couldn’t believe it.

“It was just like being burgled, them rummaging though my car, and the driving was so dangerous.”

He went back to complain, and showed a staff member who he said was “absolutely mortified” and apparently offered a full £500 refund and two new tyres.

Pye Motors director Helen Morley-Pye said the company had reached an “amicable arrangement” with Wayne.

She said: “Pye Motors have been trading for ninety years and have always prided ourselves on our customer care and service.

“It was brought to our attention by a customer that he had footage of a member of staff driving his vehicle in excess of the speed limit, taken from a camera in his car.

“As a firm we take any allegation extremely seriously and the incident has been duly investigated with an amicable arrangement reached with Mr Clinnings.

“The member of staff in question has been subject to an internal investigation and dealt with under the terms of our disciplinary procedures.”

A spokeswoman for Lancashire Police said the force was investigating and added: “Enquiries are on going at this stage.”