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Biker Gary Dobson was caught speeding at 144mph
9:50am Friday 2nd November 2012 in News
THE fastest biker ever caught on camera by North Yorkshire Police has pleaded guilty to speeding at 144mph.
Gary Dobson, 39, was among a handful of defendants whose cases were heard by Selby Magistrates’ Court yesterday after they were caught speeding in the area.
Dobson, who is from Halifax, did not appear at the court, but entered a guilty plea by post to speeding on the A63 at South Milford on a BMW motorbike. He is due to be sentenced by magistrates on Thursday.
Meanwhile. John Alan Watts, 48, of Spring Gardens, Leeds, admitted travelling at 109mph on a Honda motorbike in South Milford at just after 11am on June 17.
He told the court he was undertaking training to help other bikers pass their advanced driving tests, but that had since been put on hold as a result of his prosecution.
Watts said: “The incident occurred as a result of my suffering a very brief period of poor judgement, a lack of self control and over-exuberance of my usual, careful driving style.
Magistrate Tony Hargreaves told Watts there was “no excuse” for travelling 39mph over the speed limit, and disqualified him from driving for 21 days. Watts was also fined £320, and ordered to pay £45 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
Christopher Telford, 39, of Langdale Road, Worksop, was caught on the A1 near the Selby Fork travelling at 107mph in a 70mph zone on August 5.
His solicitor, Vicky Latham, told the court in mitigation that the Audi A7 was a courtesy car which was more powerful than his usual vehicle, and had been suffering from stress in his role as a senior assistant director for a planning company.
She said Telford had “not just learned his lesson, but is trying to put right the position he was in at the time”.
Emma Brown, 27, Beckwith Road, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to speeding on the A1 at Selby Fork on September 27, travelling at 103mph in a Honda Civic.
She told the court: “I just can’t say how sorry I am.”
Magistrates disqualified Brown for seven days, fined her £160 and ordered her to pay costs of £45, and a victim surcharge of £15.
John Victor Daniels, 70, of Carlshalton, Surrey, was caught by police speeding at 104mph on the A1 at South Milford on the afternoon of October 6 in a Nissan X Trail.
He pleaded guilty, and told the court he was employed to supply emergency decontamination services to laboratories around the country, and needed to drive for his work, though later admitted a disqualification would be “inconvenient, but not catastrophic”.
Daniels was disqualified for 14 days, fined £920, and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £45, and a victim surcharge of £92.