Driver clocked at 100mph

The Oban Times - - News -

A PORSCHE driver clocked at 100mph on the Ar­rivain straight has avoided dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion by one penalty point.

Im­ran Meraj Fa­rooqi, 41, of Flat 37, Bron­wen Court, Grove End Road, Lon­don, pleaded guilty to driv­ing with­out due care and at­ten­tion at 100mph on the A85 at Ar­rivain, where the speed limit is 60mph, on May 29.

Procu­ra­tor fis­cal Alas­dair Shaw told Oban Sher­iff Court on Wed­nes­day Fe­bru­ary 1: ‘The ac­cused was driv­ing a Porsche Cayenne which, when it ap­proached the straight sec­tion, ac­cel­er­ated hard and made an over­tak­ing ma­noeu­vre. Po­lice recorded the car driv­ing at 100mph.’

De­fend­ing, Steven Farmer said: ‘It is agreed Mr Fa­rooqi over­took. He rec­ol­lects three ve­hi­cles. He ac­cepts he should not have driven at 100mph. It is all too easy to speed in these cars, par­tic­u­larly when at­tempt­ing to over­take.’ Sher­iff Ruth An­der­son said: ‘It is a bit of a Ro­man road.’

Mr Farmer replied: ‘It is straight for a kilo­me­tre. There was no on­com­ing traf­fic.’

Fa­rooqi, he added, had ‘no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions’ but ‘three penalty points’.

Sen­tenc­ing, Sher­iff An­der­son said: ‘The way I am go­ing to deal with this is to al­low you to keep your li­cence, but you will have to be ex­cep­tion­ally care­ful.

‘It will put him right at the edge.’ She im­posed eight penalty points on Fa­rooqi’s li­cence and fined him £400.

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