Motorist caught doing 107mph in County Antrim claimed his speed had 'crept up'

Motorist caught doing 107mph in County Antrim claimed his speed had 'crept up'

A MOTORIST caught doing 107mph in a BMW said the speed had "crept up", a defence barrister told Ballymena Magistrates Court.

Michael William Drysdale (33), a surveyor, of Ravenhill Avenue, Belfast, admitted exceeding a 70mph speed limit at the Lisnevenagh Road dual-carriageway near Ballymena at 7.45pm on August 28 this year.

The defence lawyer said the defendant had been travelling back home from the north coast on the date in question and Drysdale recognised the speed was "completely unacceptable".

The barrister added: "He advises that it simply crept up on him. He didn't realise he was travelling as fast as he was."

He has now "changed" the vehicle and expressed "remorse", the court was told.

Banning the defendant from driving for six weeks, along with a fine of £200, District Judge Nigel Broderick said: "This is a very high speed. I have said time and time again that the courts must take a very firm approach with defendants who drive at such excessive speeds because clearly it increases the risk of an accident and thereafter serious or fatal injury".