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Inverness work colleagues banned for speeding at 131mph on A9 near Tore

By Ali Morrison

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Two work colleagues caught speeding on the A9 have been told to resit their tests before getting their licences back.

Dylan Hossack (21) of Knocknagael, and Christopher Williamson (26) of Carnarc Crescent, both Inverness, admitted driving dangerously at excessive speed at Arpafeelie near Tore on the Black Isle on February 20 last year.

Depute fiscal Emily Wood told the court that Hossack was driving a Renault Clio at the time while Williamson was behind the wheel of a Vauxhall Corsa, both vehicles being driven in close proximity to each other.

Police on speed check duty noted how the pair were travelling at almost twice the legal speed limit and, as a result, they were stopped by officers at the Tore roundabout.

Defence solicitor Graham Mann said the two men worked together.

Both had since sold their respective vehicles in anticipation of the inevitable consequences of the court case he told the court, adding that both men needed their driving licences for work, but were likely to hold on to their employment in any event.

Sheriff Iain Cruickshank told the pair they had driven at “grossly excessive speed” on the date in question and their behaviour had been extremely dangerous.

“It’s extremely fortunate neither you or anyone else was injured,” he said.

He banned both accused from driving for a year.

They were also ordered to sit and pass an extended driving test before they can get their licences back at the end of this period.

In addition they were fined £480 each.

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