Driver was speeding ‘almost off the chart’

A DRIVER clocked at 66mph as he headed into Harrogate was told by the town’s magistrates on Monday his speed in a 30mph zone was ‘‘almost off our chart.’’

When Jonathan Nigel Vere Denning pleaded guilty to speeding, the court was told that when PC Andrew Macleod pulled his Subaru Impreza over in Oatlands Drive on the evening of April 30 he told him: ‘‘I thought I was doing 40.’’

Denning, 30, of Hargrove Road, Harrogate, who was not legally represented, was asked by court chairman Lindsay Councell: ‘‘What do you have to say for yourself? That speed is almost off our chart; far too fast.’’

He said he knew such a speed was unacceptable in an area like Oatlands Drive and accepted he had done wrong but needed his licence for his job.

Ordering a fine of £350 together with £45 costs, a £15 victim surcharge and a 42-day driving ban, Mrs Councell said it had been a very, very excessive speed.