Man sped at 103mph down North Devon Link Road

08:30 26 April 2014

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple

Archant

The 41-year-old said he had since fitted a speed limiter and was now ‘more the tortoise than the hare’.

A MAN who sped down the A361 Link Road at 103mph after discovering his wife was having an affair has pleaded guilty to speeding.

Jon Burrough, 41, of Langton Green, Tunbridge Wells, told the court it was ‘quite difficult to justify’ why he was travelling at such excess speed.

Burrough, who was unrepresented, was pulled over in his grey Renault Megane at Beaples Barton travelling towards South Molton on February 25 by a police officer.

He told the court he had ‘personal distractions’ at the time which could have interfered with his driving and had since taken precautions to avoid speeding.

“I feel I have squandered the privilege I have of having a driving licence,” he said.

“I have been using a speed limiter ever since and it is a much better place to be.

“I am not rushing anymore; I am more the tortoise than the hare.”

After hearing Burrough lived in ‘the middle of nowhere’ and was ’99 per cent sure’ he would lose his job if disqualified, magistrates decided not to ban him from driving.

“You must have caught us on a good day,” said magistrate Robin Hagley.

“The speed is horrendous and you recognise that now on reflection, to your credit.

“We have considered your personal circumstances as well and that is why we have not banned you.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other North Devon Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by North Devon Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique North Devon Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

Benjamin Barton was captured on CCTV carrying out the masked raid (left) and pictured right buying the bag he used to attempt to rob Coopers Jewellery.

As Benjamin Barton, 18, pleads guilty to attempted armed robbery at Coopers Jewellery in Barnstaple, detectives have revealed how ‘bag for life’ and an odd purchase held the key to solving the investigation...

Read more
12:43
Chelfham Mill. Picture: Nicholas Mutton

Ofsted suspends school’s permission to operate while investigation gets underway

Read more
Burton Art Gallery

Councillors agreed in principle to co-locate Bideford Library with the Burton Art Gallery and Museum in Victoria Park.

Read more
09:11
The wasp spider settles in to her new home. Picture: Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park

Staff provide a home for stowaway arachnid after it journeys more than 6,000 miles...

Read more
09:15
Action from the Rockwood Dog Display Team

The North Devon Show promises a busy year with a bumper offering of livestock, shows, food and drink.

Read more
31 minutes ago
Lisa Wallis, Georgie Oldfield, Lisa Mackenzie are urging people to sign up for Relay For Life.

Barnstaple mum who survived breast cancer is urging people to join Cancer Research UK’s Relay for Life this weekend.

Read more

Fire fighters called out to Pill Gardens in Braunton yesterday (Tuesday) night.

Read more
49 minutes ago
The Torrington bonfire

Torrington Trumpton village is nearing completion ahead of the big burn on August Bank Holiday.

Read more
46 minutes ago
Peter Robb receives his new mountain bike from Mr. Kilpatrick (principal) courtesy of M&E Alarms.

54 pupils commended for 100 per cent attendance - with one even winning a mountain bike.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:49
Book Relief charity chairman John Carvosso with Brenda Evetts. Picture: Sarah Howells

Appledore man leaves lasting legacy with charity helping promote literacy.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 10°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition



North Devon's trusted business finder