Man sped at 103mph down North Devon Link Road

08:30 26 April 2014

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple

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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.”

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