A trainee RAF man who was caught driving at 118mph on the M2 motorway near Antrim town has been told by a judge such a speed – one of the fastest he has seen recently – could have ended in death.
Adam Brown (20), of The Arches in the Crossgar area of County Down, was in a BMW at 4 o’clock on Sunday May 5 this year when detected.
He appeared at Antrim Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to driving with excess speed and also having an incorrect form of registration mark on the vehicle.
A prosecutor said the defendant was 48mph in excess of the 70mph speed limit.
The court heard that when stopped by police font and spacing offences were spotted on the number plates.
Defence barrister Neil Moore handed in references from the RAF and explained that after doing his A levels the defendant got a commission with the RAF and he has now completed his courses and is awaiting confirmation of a job.
Mr Moore said he had explained to the defendant, who he said came from an “exceptional” family background, the views and attitude of courts to such high speeds.
The barrister said the conviction could have some effect on the RAF commission.
The lawyer said he could not proffer an explanation for the speed but that Brown had been taking a friend to Randalstown and was then due to do a shift in his ‘summer’ job in a hotel in County Down.
The barrister said the defendant had a previously clean driving licence and clear criminal record and that a driving ban would have a “direct impact” on his ability to travel to his part-time work.
Mr Moore said the “personalised” number plate had been bought by his family.
District Judge Nigel Broderick said it was the highest speed he had come across since arriving in Antrim.
The judge said it was a dangerous speed for a young driver who had only passed his test in 2016 to be doing especially at 4pm.
Judge Broderick said the defendant was fortunate not to be charged with dangerous driving and said his lack of driving experience “could have had fatal consequences”.
Brown was banned from driving for two months and fined £250.
Bail was fixed for appeal on the sum of £500 and the defendant was given permission to drive in the mean time.