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Motorsports volunteer hit 95mph racing 'to fix a pipe'

By Nevin Farrell

A man helping to get a motorsports course ready who then zoomed past police in a car on a public road, reaching up to 95mph, was told by a judge on Monday: "You were obviously driving as if you were on the race track."

William Ritchie McClintock (52), of Beechwood Avenue, Ballymena, had overtaken an unmarked police car at the Agivey Road in Aghadowey in May last year. The road has a 60mph limit.

At Coleraine Magistrates Court yesterday the defendant, who had a clean licence, pleaded guilty to speeding.

Defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine said the defendant, a former bricklayer, was a carer for his mother and relied upon his licence to take her to medical appointments. He said his client, a keen motorcyclist, was working as a volunteer to get a track ready for racing and was rushing to "fix a burst pipe".

District Judge Liam McNally handed the defendant six penalty points and a £250 fine.

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