Speed­ing biker came to Ar­gyll ‘to play’

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A BIKER who came to Ar­gyll to ‘play’ has been dis­qual­i­fied for driv­ing at more than 115mph.

Paul Cole­man, 49, of 16 Al­loway Cres­cent, Pais­ley, pleaded guilty to driv­ing with­out due care and at­ten­tion on the A85 near Ar­rivain on May 29 2016, by driv­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle at 117mph.

Procu­ra­tor fis­cal Alas­dair Shaw told Oban Sher­iff Court last Wed­nes­day: ‘Hav­ing been cau­tioned and charged, he said: ‘It’s a long straight. That’s why I have got a bike like this. I come up here and play.’

De­fend­ing, Paul Coyle said: ‘This is a grossly ex­ces­sive speed. He was driv­ing to­wards Dal­mally. A bus in­di­cated it was safe to pass. Mr Cole­man pulled out and ac­cel­er­ated to that speed. He ac­cel­er­ated for a bit longer than nec­es­sary in hind­sight.’

Sher­iff Ruth An­der­son said: ‘He is still go­ing to be dis­qual­i­fied, but not for a year.’

Mr Coyle added: ‘This is a road he has driven with­out mishap for a num­ber of years. He does not re­mem­ber say­ing those words.’

Sher­iff An­der­son re­sponded: ‘I un­der­stand that the temp­ta­tion was there.

‘I un­der­stand if you are a biker, you are on an open road of cars, you are go­ing to play.’

She dis­qual­i­fied Cole­man from driv­ing for three months and fined him £400, to be paid within 20 days.

Sher­iff An­der­son sug­gested fur­ther mea­sures might be needed to con­trol speed on the Ar­rivain straight, say­ing: ‘It is 60mph, but the temp­ta­tion on this stretch is too much to over­come,’ she said.

‘It might put brakes on some of the driv­ing.’

Mr Shaw replied: ‘It keeps us in busi­ness.’

‘It cer­tainly does,’ Sher­iff An­der­son re­sponded.

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