Driving ban for soldier at 100mph

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A SCARBOROUGH soldier has been banned from driving after admitting driving at 100 mph on the A64 Malton bypass.

Jamie Robert Taylor, 22, of Ling Hill, pleaded guilty during a hearing at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court.

Katy Varlow, prosecuting, said that the defendant was caught speeding in an MG ZR by police at 4.30pm on July 23.

She said: “When he was stopped and spoken to he said he was just trying to get past another car.”

Taylor, representing himself, said: “There was a car coming up fast behind me and I was trying to avoid an accident.

“I didn’t realise what speed I was doing and just needed to get past.”

He added that a driving ban would affect his work in the army as he was preparing to go out to Afghanistan.

Taylor said: “I wouldn’t be able to drive out in the field or on deployment training.”

This was echoed by Squadron Leader Kevin Lester, who also spoke in his defence.

He said: “It would have a definite negative effect on the operational effectiveness of the unit, putting extra pressure on other soldiers.”

Taylor told magistrates that he will start training in six months and will be going back to Afghanistan in October next year.

On delivering sentence, chairman of the bench Mike Dineen, said: “This is your third speeding offence in a short period of time. If you don’t learn you will find yourself off the road for a considerable period of time.”

Taylor was fined £220 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £15 and costs of £45.

He was given six points on his licence and banned from driving for six months.