Driving ban for Exmouth man

A 22-year-old Brixington man has been banned from driving for six months after admitting driving recklessly in Exmouth.

A 22-year-old Brixington man has been banned from driving for six months after admitting driving recklessly in Exmouth.

Matthew Carter, of Dukes Crescent, had his licence taken away by magistrates at Exeter after he pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention along Queens Drive.

Carter, who had been a qualified driver for little more than a year when he was stopped by officers, was fined �75, told to pay a �15 victim surcharge and was banned from driving for six months after being slapped with five points on his licence.

The court said Carter must lose his licence and face another driving test because he already had 10 penalty points for twice driving without due care and attention in 2008.


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Magistrates heard how a driver in the vehicle in front of Carter's black Ford Escort first noticed the defendant because of the constant turning of his car, likened to warming up the wheels of a Grand Prix vehicle.

The driver told police Carter eventually put his foot down on the stretch of road, popular with boy racers, near Orcombe Point.

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The defendant, who was closely followed by a Volvo driver, revved the Escort's engine, increased his speed to around 50mph and overtook the witness's car.

The court heard how Carter's vehicle was on the wrong side of the road - forcing oncoming traffic to 'break hard'.

Magistrates were told how Carter appeared not to have any regard for other road users, and failed to notice a scooter, as he accelerated away.

A lawyer acting for Carter told the court the defendant 'accepted his driving fell below the standard accepted on that road'.

Solicitor James Rickard said: "That particular stretch of road attracts both the young and the old - the young with their impatience and hedonism, and also perhaps older drivers with a diligence that can sometimes cause frustration.

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