Man who drove at more than twice the speed limit keeps licence

PUBLISHED: 10:11 29 April 2016 | UPDATED: 10:11 29 April 2016

Exeter Magistrates' Court

Exeter Magistrates' Court

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A motorist who was caught doing 73mph on a 30mph residential road has escaped a driving ban.

Josh Johnson was caught on a speed camera racing along the A3015 Topsham Road in Exeter, doing 43mph over the speed limit in his Ford Fiesta, Exeter Magistrates Court heard.

Despite going faster than drivers are allowed to on a motorway, Johnson was not banned from driving – despite already having six points on his licence.

Johnson, from Rubery, Birmingham, told magistrates it was in the early hours of the morning last August when he received a call to say his mother had collapsed back in Birmingham and was racing back to his home city from Devon where he works in a hotel.

He said he would lose his job if he was banned and his girlfriend was pregnant and not working.

He was fined £525 with costs and had five points added to the six already on his licence but warned that another driving offence would lead to a 12 month disqualification.

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