Army captain caught speeding at 130mph in Aston Martin spared driving ban

Filed under: tqioargt — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — admin @ 7:44 am September 25, 2019

first_imgGolding, of Upminster, east London, who serves in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) admitted driving at nearly double the 70mph limit.His car, which would have been worth more than £100,000 when new, was followed by police for 0.9 of a mile.Magistrates were given a statement of good character by his commanding officer, who said he would be likely to face disciplinary action if banned from driving.They heard that it could lead to him facing delayed promotion for a significant period or even dismissal from the Army. An Army officer who was caught speeding at 130mph in his Aston Martin has been allowed to keep his driving licence so he can tour the Falklands.Captain James Golding, 26, was spared a ban after magistrates heard that he needed his licence for a six-month tour starting in April.An unmarked police car caught Golding on July 9 last year as he drove between 100mph and 130mph on the A12 dual carriageway at Dedham, Essex.Ipswich magistrates heard how he had recently been driving his Aston Martin DB9, which is capable of reaching speeds of 180mph, on German autobahns with no general speed limit.The court heard he had been based at Wattisham Airfield, Suffolk, following his return from service in Paderborn, Germany. I cannot understand how anyone could ever think there is an excuse for this reckless and irresponsible attitudeSuffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore Army officer Captan James Golding, The presiding magistrate said: “It is imperative that we articulate that driving at 100-130mph on any road, albeit in a car capable of reaching those speeds, is unacceptable.”The fact that it’s a smart car is no excuse. It’s not the behaviour expected of any member of the public, let alone a serving British Army officer.”After the case, Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore said: “I am shocked to hear that anyone should drive at this enormous speed on the A12.”I cannot understand how anyone could ever think there is an excuse for this reckless and irresponsible attitude. It seems Mr Golding was extremely fortunate he didn’t receive a lengthy driving ban.”center_img Captan James Golding serves in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Credit:East Anglia News Service  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The court was told that his duties in the Falklands could be compromised, and his career put at risk is he did not have a full UK driving licence.Magistrates agreed that there were exceptional circumstances and fined him £781 with six penalty points on his licence.Golding was also ordered to pay £85 in prosecution costs and a £78 victim surcharge.last_img

No Comments »

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URL

Leave a comment