POLICE conducting an anti-speeding operation detected a woman driving an Audi R8 at almost twice the national speed limit – 113mph.
Natasha Blair (26), of Fulton Park, Limavady, was caught in a 60mph zone at the Dunhill Road near Coleraine at 5.20pm on Sunday February 17 this year.
She admitted an excess speed charge but was also convicted of driving without due care and attention after initially being charged with dangerous driving.
At Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday she was banned from driving for six months and fined £500. She has lodged an appeal.
A prosecutor said police had to use blue lights and sirens before Blair’s vehicle, which came from the direction of Coleraine, stopped.
The lawyer said the weather conditions were fine and dry.
A defence barrister said it was a wide open road with a considerable amount of visibility and no other drivers were inconvenienced nor had they to take any evasive action.
He argued a dangerous driving charge could not be sustained.
District Judge Peter King convicted the defendant of a reduced charge of driving without due care and attention in addition to her guilty plea to the excess speed charge.
He told the defendant: “Anybody driving at 100mph-plus risks losing their licence” as he banned her from getting behind the wheel for six months along with fines totalling £500.