Court hears 'R' driver caught doing 105mph near Ballymena received 'severe telling off' from his mum

Court hears 'R' driver caught doing 105mph near Ballymena received 'severe telling off' from his mum

A 20-year-old 'R' driver detected doing 105mph in an Audi A4 within two months of passing his test despite being restricted to 45mph received a "severe telling off" from his mother, a defence solicitor told Ballymena Magistrates' Court.

Lee Faulkner, a plumber, of Willowbrook in Kells, does not normally drive at such speeds and is "not a boy racer," the lawyer added.

The defendant appeared before court via a video link from the solicitor's office and pleaded guilty to exceeding his restricted speed of 45mph.

A prosecutor said the defendant passed his test on February 16 this year but was caught doing 105mph at 8.35pm on April 5 at the Lisnevenagh Road dual-carriageway - a 70mph zone - near Ballymena.

The car had R plates displayed and it had been a 'laser' detection.

Defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine said the defendant had been accompanied by his mother to his office for the court hearing.

The lawyer said: "This is not a boy racer. He acknowledges it occurred a short time after he passed his test."

He said the defendant had a motorbike since he was 17 and had done a proficiency test for motorbikes and he has just finished four years training as a plumber.

Mr Ballentine said: "This is not the normal manner which this young man drives".

The court heard the defendant's father had only got of hospital at the time of the incident and on April 5, whilst on his way home, his mother phoned the defendant to say she was concerned about a development regarding her husband's health and asked for him to get back "as soon as possible".

The solicitor said: "She didn't expect him to be exceeding the speed limit in the manner in which he did but that was the reason this responsible young man increased his speed".

Thankfully, Mr Ballentine said, neither the defendant nor anyone else were "injured" as a result of the speed and the defendant wished to apologise.

The solicitor added: "He obviously got a severe telling off when he went home from his mother."

The lawyer said that, thankfully, the defendant's father did not have to be admitted to hospital on April 5.

Banning the defendant from driving for a month along with a £200 fine, District Judge Nigel Broderick said: "This is far too high a speed and it is aggravated by the fact that he is an R driver which means he doesn't have the same experience as  another driver but even if he wasn't an R driver it is still far too high a speed".