I'm not condoning his actions, but, as with most headlines, the truth is obscured. The car was not doing 159mph. That car is not capable of that speed. The indicator showing 159mph was not functioning correctly. He was doing in the region of 140mph. OK - that is extremely fast, but he is a trained Police driver and it was in the middle of the night with no other traffic around. You may be interested to know that Police also do pursuit training during the day, amongst normal traffic. Far more dangerous, I think, but the general public think that they are attending a real incident.