Five famous speeding cases

The Northern Echo: Chris Tarrant: Caught speeding twice in 21 minutes Chris Tarrant: Caught speeding twice in 21 minutes

RACING driver David Coulthard was clocked driving a Red Bull Formula One car at 162mph on a road bridge in Mumbai, India, in October, 2009.

The Scot was demonstrating the car in front of a 50,000 crowd but upset officials by smashing the bridge speed limit, which ranges from 62 to 31mph.

Angry officials fined event organisers almost £20,000. Later, Coulthard said: "I spent my career driving over 200, so I am sorry if I went over the speed limit."

 

The Northern Echo: David Coulthard

JOBLESS Shiad Mahmoon was clocked at 165mph in a hired Audi R8 Spyder supercar on the A57 Merseyside in June 2011.

The 24-year-old, of Oldham, Greater Manchester, was finally pulled over after a dramatic police chase on the M62 in Cheshire. He said he could not recall the chase due to a brain injury.

He pleaded guilty and was banned from driving for three years and ordered to pay £515 in fines and costs.

TV PRESENTER Chris Tarrant was given six points on his licence and fined £525 plus £1,630 costs after he was caught speeding twice in 21 minutes in his Mercedes Benz CL500 on the same stretch of road in Berkshire, in May, 2009.

Tarrant, who later changed his plea to guilty, was clocked at 47mph in the 30mph zone - before the same speed check caught him doing 41mph minutes later.

POLICE officer Mark Milton was caught driving an unmarked police car at 159mph on the M54 in Shropshire in 2003.

The West Mercia officer, who was an advanced driver, maintained he was familiarising himself with the Vauxhall Vectra and practicsing the skills he had learnt.

The 38-year-old was found guilty of dangerous driving but the district judge handed him an absolute discharge - saying he had "suffered enough" during two-and-a-half years of court proceedings.

A DELIVERY driver became the fastest motorist ever caught in a routine speed check in the UK - which clocked the Porsche 911 Turbo at 172mph in a 70mph zone on the A420 in Oxfordshire in 2007.

He was jailed for ten weeks, banned from driving for three years and ordered to take an extended driving test before he could get another licence. He admitted dangerous driving.

Oxford Crown Court heard he had taken the Porsche for a spin from the luxury car hire firm where he worked after his boss repeatedly  told him he could not drive it.

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