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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

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Off-duty police officer drove at 102mph, Carlisle court told

A police officer caught driving at 102mph while off-duty has been spared a driving ban.

David Humble, 26, of Ashington, Northumberland, was driving on the M6 between Penrith and Carlisle earlier this year when he was caught by a speed camera.

He pleaded guilty to the offence when he appeared at North Cumbria Magistrates’ Court in Carlisle.

Humble, a police officer based at Bedlington, was on leave at the time.

He had been staying in the Lake District with his partner and they were driving home.

Humble pleaded with magistrates not to disqualify him from driving, saying it would affect his police work and career progression.

The court heard he had an impeccable driving record. He blamed a lapse in concentration for reaching such a high speed.

Magistrates agreed not to disqualify him, instead issuing six penalty points, fining him £270, plus £85 costs and a £27 victim surcharge.

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