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M8 driver clocked at 122mph in Renfrewshire

A man has been banned from driving for a year and fined £1,000 after being caught speeding at 122mph on the M8.

Paisley Sheriff Court heard how traffic police watched in disbelief as Graeme Henderson's BMW roared past at night-time in Renfrewshire last August.

By the time they caught up their own car was doing 140mph. A reading on the police in-car recording equipment clocked Henderson at 122mph.

The marked patrol car followed until it was safe to overtake and stop him.

The offence took place at 11:35 on 17 August and Henderson was stopped when he left the M8, on the exit for Erskine Bridge.

In court, the 28-year-old company financial director admitted he had driven at excessive speed between junctions 28 and 30 on the motorway.

Henderson, of Barloan Crescent, Dumbarton, admitted that he was a speed fan, but said he had "learned his lesson" and downsized to own a less-powerful Mini for future use.

The Sheriff noted, however, that he had been issued with a speeding ticket in October.

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