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Sheriff tells Inverness motorist caught speeding outside police station it was 'not a clever thing to do'

By Ali Morrison

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Inverness Justice Centre.
Inverness Justice Centre.

A motorist responded to a distress call from his ex-partner and sped to her assistance, Inverness Sheriff Court was told.

But Thomas Allman (37), of King Duncan Gardens, Inverness, was travelling at 64mph in a 30mph zone as he passed the Burnett Road police station in Inverness at around midnight on July 22, 2017.

A patrol car stopped his vehicle and he was charged with dangerous driving.

But when Allman appeared before Sheriff Sara Matheson, he admitted a charge of careless driving which was accepted by fiscal depute Ruraidh Allison. The prosecutor said: "There are no other aggravating factors other than the speed."

Defence solicitor Rory Gowans told the sheriff: "He was at home in bed when he got a call from his ex-partner who was very upset and screaming. He thought she needed help and that was why he was travelling at speed."

Fining Allman £315 and endorsing his licence with nine penalty points, the sheriff commented: "This was right outside the police station and not a clever thing to do."

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