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Driver clocked doing 70mph in a residential area fined for ‘stupid behaviour’

Defendant was on his way to work for early morning shift

A Portadown man who was caught driving at 70mph on a residential road on his way to work has been disqualified for four weeks.

Defence solicitor Conor Downey branded the offence “stupid behaviour”.

Jonathon Breen, 29, of Selshion Heights, pleaded guilty to excess speed at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Court heard that on August 7, at around 4.30am, police observed the defendant driving a Vauxhall Astra on the Brownstown Road, Portadown.

Officers watched as Breen travelled at 70mph for around 0.6 of a mile in what is a 30mph zone.

Court heard this was a residential road with very light traffic at this time of the day.

Mr Downey stated that the defendant was “realistic” about his chances of keeping his licence.

He commented: “This was early in the morning, there was very little traffic and Mr Breen was on his way to work. His shift starts at 5 am.

“All that said it is accepted that this is stupid behaviour.”

Breen was handed a four-week driving ban and ordered to pay a fine of £150, along with the offender’s levy of £15, within six weeks.

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