Cambridgeshire

Biker caught doing 156mph on A1M in Cambridgeshire fined

A speeding Lincolnshire motorcyclist has been given an 18-month ban and ordered to pay £2,000 after being convicted of dangerous driving.

Police observed Peter Clarke, 44, from Spalding, travelling at 156mph on the A1M in Cambridgeshire last year.

Clarke said in his defence at Peterborough Crown Court he was in total control of his motorcycle at all times and that it was built for speed.

Miss Recorder McAllister said it was "reckless driving threatening others".

She said he had shown a total disregard for the safety of others on a known section of hazardous road.

The prosecution said passing other vehicles on the inside (undertaking) twice and failing to observe the police motorcycle while travelling at excessive speeds amounted to dangerous driving.

The police rider followed Clarke for eight minutes on the north-bound A1M between Alconbury and Sawtry at the very high speeds on 12 May 2011.

Clarke maintained that he was an experienced rider and that speed did not constitute dangerous driving.

The court disagreed and he was fined, banned and ordered to pay costs.

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