Speeding drivers appear in court

TWO drivers accused of speeding in excess of 100mph on the A14 in Suffolk have been fined £400 - but only one was disqualified.Jason Brown, of Britten Avenue, Stowmarket, was caught driving at 104mph on the dual carriageway at Coddenham on October 10.

TWO drivers accused of speeding in excess of 100mph on the A14 in Suffolk have been fined £400 - but only one was disqualified.

Jason Brown, of Britten Avenue, Stowmarket, was caught driving at 104mph on the dual carriageway at Coddenham on October 10.

The 31-year-old, who pleaded guilty to exceeding the 70mph speed limit, represented himself at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court was disqualified from driving for 50 days.

In a separate incident Paul Wilson, of Hobart Way, Oulton Broad, was caught a day later on October 11 at 9.28am speeding at 104mph on the A14 at Nacton.

Wilson, 34, who had been driving his Ford Orion, pleaded guilty at the magistrates court in Elm Street, Ipswich.

In mitigation, Nigel Inniss said Wilson had been driving to collect his niece and take her to Colchester Zoo, but that he had been late and was rushing.

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Mr Inniss said that a disqualification would mean exceptional hardship for Wilson, a self-employed builder who specialises in kitchens, as he needed to drive to each job and worked alone.

Mr Inniss also asked the magistrates to take in to account that the father-of-one had a clean licence and 15 years of driving experience.

Chairwoman of the bench Maureen Bateman said: "We have decided not to disqualify you but at that speed you are very fortunate indeed."

She ordered him to pay a £400 fine and £50 court costs and six points were put on his licence.

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