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Nine month ban for 147mph driver


5:53pm 11th January 2012

68 year old Owen Swift of Kensington Court, Dringhouses, York, has today been found guilty of driving at 147mph on Malton by-pass.

Swift pleaded not guilty to the charge, claiming he was not the driver of the vehicle, however, Scarborough Magistrates found him guilty at a hearing which concluded at around 5pm  today (11th January 2012).

He was fined £700, ordered to pay £650 costs and an admin fee of £15. He received six penalty points which were added to six points already on his licence. Under the totting up procedure, he was disqualified from driving for nine months.

Traffic Sergeant John Clayton who captured the offence, said:

"This is the worst case of  excessive speed I have ever seen in 26 years of policing. 

"Swift's disregard for his own safety and the safety of other road users beggars belief,  the potential consequences of such shocking driving do not bear thinking about.  

"I have seen first-hand, the destruction caused by excessive speed. Swift should consider himself extremely lucky to be here to face the court and walk away with just a ban and a fine.

"North Yorkshire Police is committed to making the roads safer and the successful outcome in this case reinforces the message that speeding will not be tolerated on our roads." 

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