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A 68-year-old motorist gave stunned police officers a ticking off after being stopped for speeding at 147mph, a court heard today. Company director Owen Swift was pursued by traffic police for almost four miles and refused to get out of his £81,000 Jaguar XKR coupe when they finally caught up with him.


Despite allegedly driving at more than twice the speed limit, the unrepentant motorist disputed the officers speed gun findings and criticised them for not letting him off with only a warning.




‘You can’t have got me,’ he said. ‘You were on the other side of the carriageway and crash barrier.’

He added later that not being able to drive would affect his job, saying: ‘That’s it. At my age that’s my livelihood.’

When it was clear he was not going to be arrested, the motorist refused a request to sign the police paperwork and drove off.


Swift of Dringhouses, York, denied speeding when he appeared before Scarborough Magistrates Court today.

But Swift was later found guilty of speeding and fined £700, plus £650 court costs, and ordered to pay £15 victim surcharge.


He was banned for driving for nine months under the totting up procedure.


Normally the ban would have been six months but presiding magistrate David Harrison said they were making it nine because of the excess speed.

Daily Mail

Pensioner petrol head! Director, 68, denies

driving at 147mph after round of golf


11 January 2012