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Learner driver clocked at 130mph
Aberdeen Sheriff Court
Sentence was passed at Aberdeen Sheriff Court
A learner driver who was clocked travelling at almost 130 miles per hour has been jailed for four months.

David Findlay was caught driving at almost double the speed limit on the A90 Ellon to Aberdeen road.

Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard that the former "boy racer" had been trying to impress his girlfriend.

The 26-year-old was also banned from driving for five years and ordered to resit his test after admitting driving dangerously.

He appeared for sentence on Wednesday after previously pleading guilty to driving at speeds of up to 129.2mph on 4 July.

Fiscal Maggie Porter said Findlay was spotted by police officers who thought he was driving at more than 100mph.

Provisional licence

"They decided to follow him and operated the Vascar system which recorded an average speed of 129.2mph," she said.

Findlay overtook seven cars and a lorry before he was stopped on the outskirts of Aberdeen.

"The vehicle was not displaying L plates and the front passenger was the holder of a provisional licence," said Mrs Porter.

It seems to me that the only appropriate disposal is a custodial sentence
Sheriff Alexander Jessop
The court heard that Findlay, from Rosehearty in Aberdeenshire, had committed similar offences while under the age of 21.

He had previously served a period of detention for dangerous driving and driving while disqualified.

Defence lawyer Iain Jane said his client had been at an advance stage of re-applying for his driving licence.

"His previous convictions relate to when he was a lot younger than he is now," said Mr Jane.

"He was in the boy racer category but he is far too old to be considered in that category now.

"From quite a young age he had a fascination with cars."

Serious view

He said there had been an element of bravado because Findlay was trying to impress his new girlfriend.

And he said his client had stuck to an earlier period of disqualification.

"Findlay has maintained that throughout that whole five-year period he was disqualified, he did not drive once," he said.

"I think it would be fair to say that, had he been driving, he would have been caught and that would have resulted in a criminal conviction."

Sheriff Alexander Jessop said it was "only by the Grace of God" that Findlay was not involved in an accident.

"Driving on a dual carriageway at speeds of 129mph when there is a speed limit of 70mph is dangerous and the court must take a serious view of driving at such speed," he said.

"It seems to me that the only appropriate disposal is a custodial sentence."


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