Ambulance Service member banned from driving for hitting speed of 104mph

Ambulance Service member banned from driving for hitting speed of 104mph

A JUDGE said a member of the Ambulance Service caught doing 104mph in a Hyundai i30 car should have been aware of the dangers of such speeds.

District Judge Nigel Broderck was speaking in relation to Gavin Flynn (32), of Dalebrook Park in Belfast, who was detected at the M2 motorway near Antrim town which has a 70mph speed limit.

A prosecution lawyer told Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena on Tuesday, the defendant was detected on April 17 this year as the vehicle headed in the direction of Belfast.

She said police stopped the car and the defendant made no reply after caution.

The defendant was not before the court where a "character reference" from his duty control manager was shown to the judge.

A defence lawyer said his client had shown "great remorse".

Judge Broderick said: "You would think someone who is a member of the Ambulance Service would know about speeding.

"I don't know whether it is an aggravating feature or mitigating feature, the fact that he is a member of the Ambulance Service. It is a double-edged sword".

The judge took into account the character reference, the defendant's guilty plea to the excess speed charge and clear record and banned the defendant from driving for a month along with a £150 fine.