102mph driver escapes a ban

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A MAN has escaped a driving ban after telling the court his mobility would be impaired if his licence was revoked.

Peter Navin, 53, of Tong Lane, Bacup, was clocked driving at 102mph on January 23 on the M62 near Scammonden.

Navin, who appeared unrepresented, admitted exceeding the speed limit when he appeared at Calderdale Magistrates’ Court. Lisa Beadle, prosecuting said he was clocked at around 11am by officers on mobile patrol.

He told them he was late for a meeting and had not realised how fast he was travelling.

Navin told the court: “If you took my licence off me, you’d be impairing my mobility.

“I’m a carer for my blind mother too, and it’d stop me doing that. I just had a lapse of concentration.

“I admit it was wrong, I just didn’t realise I was going at that speed.”

Navin, who had no previous driving convictions, was given six penalty points. He was also told to pay a fine of £120, costs of £85 and a £15 victim surcharge.