Was driving at over 100mph on the A1

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Four penalty points were imposed on a 42-year-old man last Thursday at Banbridge Magistrates Court who drove at over 100mph.

Francis Monaghan, Banbridge Road, Loughbrickland, was also fined £250, with a £15 offender’s levy.

The court heard that on February 13 this year he was detected travelling at 101mph in the 70mph zone on the A1 carriageway.

A solicitor said Monaghan lived with his parents who had health issues. She added that her client had been driving for 25 years and had a clear record. The solicitor handed in a number of references to the court.

She explained that during the course of his employment Monaghan travelled extensively in Northern Ireland and accumulated a lot of miles. This offence was totally out of character.

The solicitor said he was running late and was aware that his father was waiting at home for his assistance. His speed was two just miles over the limit for a fixed penalty ticket.

Deputy District Judge Amanda Brady said anyone who drove at 100mph was in danger of losing his licence but she was not going to disqualify him this time.