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Newtownhamilton man passed police travelling 30mph above speed limit on A1

Police gauged his vehicle to be travelling at an average speed of 91mph in what is a 60mph zone

A Newtownhamilton man who overtook police travelling at over 30mph above the speed limit has been handed three penalty points.

Jonathon Knight, 21, of Skerriff Road, pleaded guilty to excess speed at Newry Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

It was heard that on May 10, police driving on the A1, Dromore, were overtaken by the defendant.

Officers followed Knight’s vehicle and gauged it to be travelling at an average speed of 91mph in what is a 60mph zone.

Police stopped the defendant and issued him with a caution.

Knight told officers: “The limiter is set at 70mph. I don’t drive fast.”

Defence counsel stated: “This is a man who is in full-time employment and he accepts that he was over the limit.”

Knight was handed three penalty points and ordered to pay a fine of £230, along with the offender’s levy of £15, within four weeks.

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