153mph Client Avoids Prison

Reduced Sentence
Inverness Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

Our client was charged with dangerous driving contrary to section 2 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

He was accused of travelling at 153mph (or 2.6 miles per minute) on the A9 where the speed limit was 70mph. The speed was detected by a laser device. He was recommended to contact our Inverness Office by a serving Police Officer.

The main aim of this case was to avoid a term of imprisonment, thereafter to try to avoid a community payback order and finally to restrict the period of disqualification.

We achieved all of the above. The Procurator Fiscal was prepared to accept that any device is fallible and accordingly we were able to persuade the Fiscal to reduce the speed to 143mph in exchange for a guilty plea.

The case called on 28th March 2019 where it was deferred for reports.

At the hearing on 25th April 2019 our Mr Simpson successfully addressed the Court in mitigation. Our client was handed a £6,000 fine and disqualified for 2 years.

To the best of our knowledge, this is the fastest recorded speed in the UK where the driver has avoided a custodial sentence.

This story was covered extensively by the media.





 Reduced Sentence!


Published: 26/04/2019

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