York & North Yorkshire

Driver Owen Swift who did 147mph on A64 Malton Bypass banned

Owen Swift
Image caption Swift was driving at more than double the 70mph speed limit

A man has been fined and banned from driving for nine months after he was caught speeding at 147mph on a dual carriageway in North Yorkshire.

Owen Swift, 68, of Kensington Court, Dringhouses, York, was caught by a traffic officer on the A64 Malton Bypass at 21:00 BST on 11 June 2011.

Swift was convicted after a trial at Scarborough Magistrates' Court. At an earlier hearing he had denied speeding.

He was fined £700 and ordered to pay £650 costs.

The speed limit on the road is 70mph.

'Worst case'

Swift had claimed he was not the person driving his Jaguar XKR at the time of the offence.

Traffic sergeant John Clayton, of North Yorkshire Police, who captured the offence, said: "This is the worst case of excessive speed I have ever seen in 26 years of policing.

"Swift's disregard for his own safety and the safety of other road users beggars belief, the potential consequences of such shocking driving do not bear thinking about.

"I have seen, first hand, the destruction caused by excessive speed. Swift should consider himself extremely lucky to be here to face the court and walk away with just a ban and a fine."

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