Highlands & Islands

Speeder who rejected £100 penalty is ordered to pay £3,600 fine

A self-employed joiner has been fined £3,600 after admitting to driving carelessly at speeds of up to 100mph.

Police who stopped Lee Tarran, 25, of Aviemore, on the A9 gave him the chance to accept a £100 fixed penalty.

But Inverness Sheriff Court heard that he did not pay the fine on the advice of a friend.

He was charged with dangerous driving, although his guilty plea to the lesser charge of careless driving on 10 August 2016 has now been accepted.

Sheriff Gary Aitken told Tarran that he would not disqualify him because he had just secured a two-year contract building houses in nearby Newtonmore and a ban would cost his workmate his job.

The sheriff said: "This was an appalling speed. You could easily have killed someone else or yourself driving at that speed on the A9.

"You came close to losing your licence today.

"But you have disposed of your exceptionally powerful car and chosen to focus on your business rather than messing about in cars."

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