Motorist was detected doing 106mph in County Antrim on way home from forest park family outing

Motorist was detected doing 106mph in County Antrim on way home from forest park family outing

A MOTORIST detected doing 106mph on the way from a family outing to a forest park has been banned from driving for a month and fined £200.

Arkadiusz Wojciech Szostak (32), of Coopers Mill Way, Dundonald, had exceeded the 70mph limit at Rathbeg on the M2 motorway near Antrim town at 2.15pm on July 10 this year.

A prosecutor said when the BMW was stopped the defendant told police: "I suppose I was trying to change lane into the left hand lane".

The defendant, a software developer, had a previously clear record.

Defence barrister Amy Campbell told Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, the defendant had been travelling "with his family" from a forest park.

The lawyer said the defendant's wife's family were in another vehicle and one of the vehicles had a satnav.

She told the court an "agreement" was in place that when they were approaching the exit on the motorway that his wife's family needed to take, lights would be flashed.

The lawyer said the other car moved into the left hand lane and when there was "no room" for Szotak in that lane he "sped up to overtake the cars in the left hand lane to then return back into that lane so he could exit the motorway".

She said the defendant estimated he had been speeding "for seconds" before slowing down and the offence had been "very much out of character".

Ms Campbell said the defendant, who has "two young children", apologised to police at the scene.

The defendant had bail fixed for appeal and is allowed to drive in the mean time.

  • Main image: General view of Rathbeg from Google Maps.