Taxi driver's 92mph
A TAXI driver raced at 92mph along a notorious stretch of road in Great Yarmouth to pick up a distressed woman, a court heard. Gary Knowles, 41, overtook an unmarked police on the A47 Acle Straight as he headed towards Reedham to collect a young woman who had been abandoned by her friends.
A TAXI driver raced at 92mph along a notorious stretch of road in Great Yarmouth to pick up a distressed woman, a court heard.
Gary Knowles, 41, overtook an unmarked police on the A47 Acle Straight as he headed towards Reedham to collect a young woman who had been abandoned by her friends.
Prosecuting at Yarmouth Magistrates' Court on Friday, Gary Mayle explained how officers followed Knowles for a short distance in the early hours of November 11 last year, clocking his top speed at
92mph, before he was pulled over.
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Knowles, who pleaded guiltyto speeding, represented himself and told magistrates he had received a call from his
operator telling him a lone young woman was in need of a taxi.
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“While on route, I got another call. This one was more urgent and she asked if I could get here as quickly as I could, so I accelerated. It was a clear road,” said Knowles.
When asked if he was aware of how dangerous the road was, he replied: “I know the dangers of that road, but there were no other cars except the unmarked police car, which I overtook”.
Fining Knowles �120, magistrates said while they realised the urgency of the situation, he had driven at excessive speed on a dangerous stretch of road.
He was also ordered to pay costs of �35, a government surcharge of �15 and given six points on his licence.