Outrageous - even if he's an advanced driver (which does impact on your ability to drive at this speed more safely than average Joe), like the article said, this speed can't be justified on a public road.
It sounds like the whole story isn't there - was he driving a police car? It doesn't sound like he was just driving his own car wrecklessly (even though I reiterate, the speed is not justified anyway).
I just think you have to look at the risk to others (not that great) rather than just the speed, that's all.
So it would be ok if all the professional drivers and motorbikers in the country decided to race up and down the motorways in the middle of night in excess of 120mph would it??? After all - most of htem are probably better drivers than many of the best police officers...........
I know they have to practise driving at speed for emergency response but to do so in residential roads is insane. There should be (and I thought there was) police traffic training centres or at least areas they can cordon off (industrial estates or similar.)
Regardless of the fact it was late at night someone could have been killed.
There truly is one rule for them and another for us (one that has points and fines that are damn quick to appear!)