So before I think about making a complaint, perhaps some of our police colleagues on here could comment on the following and offer up suggestions as to the reasons for the driving style (other than late for shift change, lunch, etc) I witnessed on the M1 yesterday:
Coming back from a morning in the Peak to Nottingham, driving back through Chesterfield, tootling along the A617 dual carriageway towards J29 of the M1, a marked Volvo estate (I have the vehicle reg, time, location, etc) joins the road just behind me, me having passed the slip road, and proceeds to accelerate to a speed that would see Joe Public pulled over (I had an indictaed 74mph on the clock, which I know equals 70mph in reality). He then proceeds to tailgate other traffic to bully it out of the way so he has free run along lane 2. At this point I can see what's coming so move back to lane 1 at the safest possible opportunity, having completed an overtake myself, and before he can get close to me. He is not displaying/using blues and twos.
I then catch up with him at the motorway junction roundabout, where he's forced to wait by traffic on the roundabout. We proceeed down the sliproad, him again bullying somebody out of the way so he join the motorway quickly. This results in him being boxed in to lane 1 by traffic in lanes 1 and 2. I observe the flow of traffic and moderate my speed so I can join and then progress safely through lanes 1 and 2 into 3 to overtake the slower traffic. Meanwhile, he bullies his way out in to lane 2, then lane 3, by simply moving in the direction of where he wants to be, regardless of whether there's other traffic there or not. Given what I'd already seen earlier I slow and move back over again to let him pass.
Now slightly annoyed I must admit to moving back out to try and get a better idea of his speed (which continues to fluctuate as he hits pockets of traffic) and give up when I hit an indicated 85mph (feel free to flame me, speed kills, etc...).
He's still not showing blues and twos. He continues to tailgate (c. 6-10ft away from the bumpers of cars in front) and bully people out of the way so he can make progress, although the volume of traffic means he makes little more progress than I do, all he's managed to do is burn more fuel and wear down his brake pads more.
Due to the traffic I can still see him ahead as we approach J28, where he proceeds to, at the last possible second, dive across all 3 lanes for the exit causing traffic to brake hard; at this point he switches on the blues, which are switched off again as soon as he reaches the slip road, as if use of blue lights somehow excuses his inability/unwillingness to plan ahead and exit the motorway properly and safely.
I carry on home simmering with resentment at the seeming gall he showed, when he's supposed to be a role model for good standards, policing by consent and all that...
Anyway, 2 questions:
What might have meant he had a reason to drive like that? (And I get the sometimes need to make swift progress without blues and two in order to not alert an offender to the approach of the police, but given he was on the motorway for such a brief period and pulled nobody over, this did not seem to be the case - if he really needed to get from one junction to the next that quickly there was no reason I could see for him not to use lights and sirens.)
Do his awsum skillz as a driver mean he can alter the laws of physics and stop a fully laden Volvo estate travelling at an estimated 90mph in a space of 6-10ft?