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Driver had one of the highest recorded speeds in Northern Ireland this year – 122mph

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A motorist detected doing one of the highest speeds in Northern Ireland this year – 122mph – was told by a judge he could have killed somebody

Ballymena Magistrates Court heard that Thomas Angus Weir (48), with an address at Meadow Court in Bushmills, admitted speeding in a 70mph zone on April 20.

A prosecutor said the defendant was caught driving at 52mph in excess of the limit at Frosses Road near Ballymena at 9.20pm on the date in question.

Weir was the wheel of a Ford Mondeo.

A defence lawyer accepted it was an “appalling speed”.

She said the defendant had been driving for twenty years.

The lawyer said the defendant had had a “difficult” number of years having been an inpatient in the Ross Thomson Unit and Holywell Hospital.

The lawyer said the defendant was now on the “road to recovery” and said without a licence he would have a difficulty travelling to visit family members.

She said Weir was “genuinely sorry” but that the defendant was unable to offer any excuse for why he was driving at such a speed.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said the defendant was fortunate he had not been charged with dangerous driving.

The judge told Weir: “Driving at this speed in my view is dangerous. There is no excuse for it. You are lucky you didn’t kill somebody”.

The defendant was banned from driving for three months and fined £200.

At the time of the incident, police posted a picture on social media showing the speed recording of 122mph.

The PSNI Road Policing Facebook post said: “Driver detected earlier this evening on Frosses Road, claimed he wasn’t paying full attention to his speed!! Hope he pays attention to the judge when has his day in court.”

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