Guilty: man who drove along Dorset Way at 120mph while police struggled to keep up (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Guilty: man who drove along Dorset Way at 120mph while police struggled to keep up
AN aircraft technician drove along Dorset Way in Poole at speeds exceeding 120 miles per hour, a court heard.
Daniel Matthew Geer, 21, was spotted by police speeding in an imported Japanese sports car “designed for speed” on the roads around Tower Park at around 10.30pm on March 5.
Prosecutor Lee Turner told Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court that Geer was pursued by officers in a marked armed response car, although they didn’t activate their lights immediately.
“The officer said he saw a small white hatchback travelling at what seemed to be excess speed, with a lot of noise coming from the exhaust,” he said.
He said the police struggled to keep up with Geer, whose speed in Ringwood Road, where the limit is 40mph, exceeded 70mph.
Once on the Dorset Way, with a 50mph limit, he exceeded 120mph. He stopped in Oakdale Road when the police activated their lights, and later pleaded guilty to speeding.
The court heard Geer, of Bailey Crescent, Poole, already had points for a speeding offence on his licence.
In mitigation, Mike Flynn said: “He does accept he has been incredibly foolish.
“He was driving a Japanese import car clearly designed for speed.
“The car has been taken away by his parents, and when he gets his driving licence back he won’t be able to have a high performance car like that.”
He said Geer, an assistant aircraft technician based at Bournemouth Airport, was sorry for his actions and would not trouble the court again.
The magistrates, who said Geer had been lucky to avoid a fatal crash, banned him from driving for 40 days and imposed a £185 fine, £85 costs and £20 victim surcharge.
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