Ballymena Court: Speeding driver claims he was rushing to assist a cow giving birth

An ‘R’ driver who admitted doing almost twice his permitted speed claimed he was in a rush to assist with a cow giving birth, Ballymena Magistrates Court has heard.

Jay Rowan (18), with an address listed as Carnlough Road, Broughshane, is restricted to 45mph but was detected in a Seat Leon doing 83mph on the northbound section of the M2 motorway.

At court a guilty plea was entered to an ‘excess speed’ charge relating to May 19 this year.

A prosecution lawyer said when police stopped the defendant he made no reply after caution.

At court, defence barrister Stephen Law said: “He had received a call, he helps out on the family smallholding, and a cow had prematurely started to calve, and had got into difficulties”.

Mr Law said his client was making his way to the smallholding “to see if he could assist”.

The lawyer said the defendant accepted he was “going far beyond what he should have been”.

“In the circumstances,” said Mr Law said he was asking the court to give as much credit as possible and not ban the defendant from driving.

The barrister said the defendant works as a driver with an engineering firm and added: “He is needed, his father needs him on the smallholding, but also he needs his licence for his engineering position.”

District Judge Nigel Broderick didn’t ban the defendant but instead gave him four penalty points and a £200 fine.

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