107 mph driver keeps licence

A WOMAN caught driving at more than 100 miles per hour escaped losing her licence when she appeared before magistrates in Ipswich.Marie Giner, 24, was arrested after being caught driving at 107.4 mph on the A14, South East Magistrates' Court heard.

A WOMAN caught driving at more than 100 miles per hour escaped losing her licence when she appeared before magistrates in Ipswich.

Marie Giner, 24, was arrested after being caught driving at 107.4 miles per hour on the A14, South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court was told on Friday.

Ms Giner, of Bramford Lane, Ipswich, was seen driving a red Vauxhall Astra on the dual carriageway at Sproughton on April 15.

Police spotted Ms Giner on the Copdock-bound carriageway at 8.38am, prosecutor Naomi Turner told the court.

She said: “She was stopped and she said 'I didn't think my car went that fast'.”

Ms Giner was on her way to work in Felixstowe on the day of the offence and told the magistrates: “I'm very sorry, I was completely unaware of the speed I was doing.

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“I was running late for work and it was one of those moments, I didn't think.

“I'm a cautious driver and I've been very cautious since then.”

Ms Giner gave the magistrates a letter from her employer, which stated that she needed to drive to various sites in Suffolk as part of her duties and losing her licence would make it difficult for her to work.

The court was also told Ms Giner had a clean driving licence and had no previous driving related convictions.

Passing sentence, chairman of the magistrates Bernard Turner said: “It was a very high speed but we decided that in light of your having a clean driving licence since you've had one, we are going to impose six points on your licence.

“We are also going to order that you pay a £170 fine.

“Consider yourself fortunate we have taken account of your previous driving record.”

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