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Driver was caught doing 128mph on motorway

By Nevin Farrell

Published 27/05/2016

A second crash on the Carrickfergus to Larne road has caused traffic disruption
A second crash on the Carrickfergus to Larne road has caused traffic disruption

A police armed response unit quickly switched to traffic duties when a Ford Focus bolted along the M2 motorway in Co Antrim at up to 128mph - believed to be one of the highest speed detections before a court in Northern Ireland this year.

Marty McGrotty (27), of Winston Way, Coleraine, was detected on Wednesday, March 2 near Templepatrick.

He appeared at Antrim Magistrates Court this week and pleaded guilty to exceeding the 70mph limit.

A prosecutor said the vehicle he was driving reached speeds of 128mph.

Defence barrister Chris Sherrard said McGrotty, a supervisor with the supermarket chain Iceland, was detected not by traffic police, but by an armed response unit out on other duties, and said the speed was recorded through the GPS system on the PSNI Audi A6 vehicle.

He said his client required his licence because he did some relief driving at work, and was also a carer for his mother.

The lawyer said the defendant had "learned a lesson" from the incident, which happened after 9pm when traffic was light.

He said the defendant recognised the speed put his licence in peril.

District Judge Alan White said the top speed mentioned was recorded through the police vehicle, but that it was clear McGrotty was driving at more than 100mph. He imposed six penalty points and a £300 fine.

Last month, in an unrelated case, police took to social media to say a motorist was detected doing 127mph on the M2 on Saturday, April 16. Last year a driver was caught doing 138mph on the M1 near Lurgan, while another was detected doing 125mph near Lisburn.

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