Speedy journey back to court

A BMW driver who got caught doing 120mph on the A14 booked himself into a speed awareness course the next day – but got a speeding ticket on the way there.

A BMW driver who got caught doing 120mph on the A14 booked himself into a speed awareness course the next day – but got a speeding ticket on the way there.

Remorseful Spencer Vincent, 31, now says that he has learnt his lesson and is pleading with other drivers to cut their speed.

"I was a naughty boy, I got caught and I am not complaining," said Vincent, of Munnings Close, Ipswich. "But the whole thing has made me think a lot more about speed.

"My attitude has changed. Since then it's just 70mph the whole way."

Vincent, a welder, was first caught by police motorcyclists on the A14, heading towards Felixstowe from the Wherstead interchange, on July 31.

The police clocked him driving at around 120mph and pulled him over.

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The following day, a rueful Vincent booked himself into a speed awareness course at the oval racetrack at Rockingham, near Corby, in Northamptonshire.

But, as he headed there he was then caught by a speed camera doing 57mph in a 50mph limit just north of Corby.

"I got the tickets in the post within a couple of weeks and I felt sick," he said. "I suppose it would have been even more ironic if I'd got another ticket on the way back."

However, Vincent says the course, which taught him about how to keep speed on the track and not on the roads, has worked.

"I've got a BMW M3, which is a powerful car. But at the course they showed me how to handle the car on the track and it was like a release – it has changed me," he said.

Vincent pleaded guilty last week to exceeding the speed limit when he appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court.

He was banned from driving for 28 days, fined £250 and ordered to pay £35 costs.

July 31 – caught speeding his BMW

August 1 – again on way to speed awareness course

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