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Man cleared in YouTube speed case

Dumfries Sheriff Court
Mr James was cleared of the offence at Dumfries Sheriff Court

A young motorist has been cleared of a dangerous driving charge which was brought on the back of video footage posted on the internet site YouTube.

Scott James, 21, of Bearcroft Farm, Holywood, was accused of driving at up to 143mph on the A76 near Dumfries.

Sheriff Frank Pieri ruled there was insufficient evidence that Mr James was the driver of the vehicle and that it was travelling at the speed alleged.

A verdict of not guilty was returned at Dumfries Sheriff Court.

The decision came after a day of evidence in the trial.

A jury had watched the video, taken on a mobile phone and posted on YouTube, showing a red Escort RS with part of the number blanked out.

The video then showed the speedometer reaching the 143mph and the A76 road near Holywood just north of Dumfries.

The court heard how police had been able to trace the car and found it an empty shell on ground near Mr James' home.

He had pleaded not guilty throughout the trial to the dangerous driving charge.

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