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Gillingham man doing 109mph on A303 ‘was late for work’

By Western Gazette - North Dorset  |  Posted: February 14, 2013

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A Gillinghman man was caught driving at 109mph along the A303 near Wincanton

A ROYAL naval helicopter instructor who was late for work was caught by police driving over 100mph after putting his foot down.

Simon Alistair Wilson, 32, was travelling along the A303 near Wincanton on his way to RNAS Yeovilton when he was clocked by officers travelling at 109mph.

Wilson, of Oake Woods, Gillingham, pleaded guilty to exceeding the 70mph speed limit on August 16 when he appeared before South Somerset and Mendip Magistrates.

The court was told that police were on duty patrolling the dual carriageway road when they caught the defendant driving at 109mph.

When they pulled the vehicle over and went to speak to the driver they could see he was wearing his Royal Navy pilot’s uniform and he said he was sorry for the offence and was late for work.

Defending solicitor Mark Griffin said that Wilson worked as an instructor for the Lynx helicopter force at RNAS Yeovilton and needed his driving licence to fulfil his work duties.

“On the day in question the road was clear with moderate traffic and the road conditions were good, but he pleaded guilty at the outset,” he said.

“He has a previous good driving record and wants to get this matter over and done with.”

The magistrates told Wilson they took cases of speeds at this level very seriously but allowed him to keep driving. They fined him £535 and endorsed his licence with six penalty points.

Costs of £35 and a £15 victim surcharge were also imposed by the magistrates.

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