Driver caught speeding at 114mph let off disqualification to care for grandmother

PUBLISHED: 17:40 19 March 2018 | UPDATED: 08:01 20 March 2018

The A47 before the Acle Straight. Picture: Archant

The A47 before the Acle Straight. Picture: Archant


A man caught speeding at 114mph has been let off a six-month disqualification due to his poorly grandmother and career prospects.

Neil Carr, prosecuting, said Ernestas Linkevicius, 24, of Admiralty Road, Great Yarmouth pled guilty to driving a BMW sports car at 114mph up the A47 near Acle on April 8, 2017.

Anne-Marie Sheridan, defending, argued exceptional hardship.

She said Linkevicius, an apprentice at ABC Diesels is the only fluent English speaker in the family, so when his grandmother, 84, fell over after slipping on a tomato, he took on responsibility for taking her to the hospital for check-ups, a duty he would be unable to perform if disqualified from driving.

Mr Nicholls also said that Linkevicius’s apprenticeship would be terminated if disqualified.

Chairman of the bench Jeanne Heal ordered a 14 day disqualification, £250 fine, £30 surcharge, and £100 costs fee.

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