And the judge lets him off! We should all be so lucky!
27 January 2006
NOT DANGEROUS DRIVING: 21-YEAR-OLD DOING 150MPH IN DAD'S PORSCHE
By Richard Smith And Allison Martin
A YOUNG driver clocked by police doing nearly 150mph in his dad's Porsche yesterday escaped jail after a judge ruled that his speeding was not dangerous.
Carpenter Nicholas Whittle, 21 - driving with no insurance - sped past a patrol car doing more than double the 60mph limit while overtaking.
The Vascar speeding device in the police Skoda registered the blue Y-reg Boxster travelling at 149.9mph over a distance of 0.227 miles.
But Recorder Caroline Lister threw the case out, saying: "He went fast for a short time only on a straight road with excellent visibility.
"I have to rule whether speed alone can be the basis of a dangerous driving case. I reach the conclusion that it cannot."
But road safety campaigners blasted her decision. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents said: "If driving at 150mph isn't dangerous driving we don't know what is."
Head of road safety Kevin Clinton said: "If he'd have had an accident at that sort of speed it would almost certainly have been fatal for him or anyone else involved."
Road charity group Brake went one step further, saying it would be putting in an official complaint about the ruling.
"Our jaws dropped at this case," said chief executive Mary Williams. "It has got to be one of the most horrendous speeding cases ever."
Winchester crown court heard Whittle was caught speeding on the "clear and unhampered" A3055 near his home on the Isle of Wight just before 9pm last May 27.
Speaking outside court, Whittle, of Totland, who was with his father Colin, 56, said: "I was really pleased with the outcome.