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Man declined fixed penalty and asked police for proof he was speeding

Penalty points and fine imposed for excess speed charge

A Portadown man who declined a fixed penalty and asked police for proof he was speeding has been fined.

John McCullough, 21, of Corcrain Drive, admitted a charge of excess speed at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard police spotted a Ford Focus on the Lurgan Road 11.55pm on January 24.

It was being driven at 52mph in a 30mph zone.

Officers pulled over the defendant and advised him to take the fixed penalty fine.

McCullough refused to do so and asked police what proof they had that he was speeding.

Defence solicitor John McAtamney stated that the defendant had been “foolish” and should have accepted the “on the spot fine”.

He went on to say that McCullough had been driving for four years and had not gained so much as a penalty point.

Deputy District Judge Bernie Kelly endorsed three penalty points on the defendant’s licence and ordered him to pay a fine of £100, along with the offender’s levy of £15.

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