Motorist doing more than 100mph was acting out of ‘parental concern’ for son

Ballymena Court

A MOTORIST caught doing more than 100mph said he was rushing to be with his son who was “unwell” and who was due to get off a bus when there was no one else at home to be with him.

Alan Williams (51), an aircraft fitter of Fennel Road in Antrim town, was detected doing 103mph in a Citroen vehicle on the 70mph limited Frosses Road on January 3 this year.

At Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday, defence barrister Stephen Law accepted there was “no excuse” for driving at a speed of over 100mph.

The lawyer said the defendant had been notified by his wife that his son was getting off a bus and was unwell and there was no one in the house to be with him.

Mr Law said Williams apologised but that he had been acting out of “parental concern for his son”.

Deputy District Judge Noel Dunlop said the consequences of an accident at such a speed “don’t bear thinking about”.

The defendant was given a two months driving ban and fined £300.

Bail was fixed for appeal and Williams was permitted to drive in the mean time.

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