Motorist caught driving dangerously near West Linton is disqualified
Ally McGilvray • Published 18 Sep 2012 12:30
AN uninsured motorist who admitted driving dangerously through the Borders at speeds in excess of 90mph claimed he did not know the national speed limit in Scotland - because he is from England.
Jamil Mohammed was driving from his home in Birmingham to visit family in Edinburgh when he was spotted by police attempting to overtake another vehicle in the face of oncoming traffic on the A702 near West Linton around 8.20pm on June 6.
He forced the driver of another car to take evasive action to avoid a head-on collision.
But the Toyota driver went on to overtake the vehicle in front at the second attempt.
Peebles Sheriff Court heard he was driving so fast police officers travelling in an unmarked car, who had earlier been overtaken by him, struggled to keep up.
Tessa Bradley, prosecuting, said: "It was estimated it (the Toyota) was travelling in excess of 90mph."
Mohammed, who is unemployed, admitted driving dangerously and without insurance when he appeared at Peebles Sheriff Court on Wednesday.
Sheriff Kevin Drummond fined him a total of £600 and disqualified him from driving for 12months.
Passing sentence, he told him: "You say in your note that you're not from Edinburgh and you didn't know the speed limit - you will know that it wasn't 90mph."
This article appeared in Peeblesshire News 18 Sep 12
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