A SOLIHULL College student who drove on a notorious stretch of road in north Warwickshire – used by boy-racers – has been fined £100 and his licence endorsed with six penalty points.
Sean Martin, 18, of Appledorne Gardens, Shard End, pleaded guilty in a letter to Nuneaton magistrates last Thursday (January 21) to driving a Vauxhall Corsa without due care and attention on Faraday Avenue, Coleshill, on July 18 last year.
Prosecutor Pam Meinert said at 7.20pm police officers saw two vehicles “that appeared to be racing each other” near a traffic island.
“They could clearly see that as the Corsa entered onto the roundabout, the driver made no attempt to slow down at the junction.
“Smoke was coming from the front wheels. The Vauxhall continued at speed.
“It was the officers’ opinion that the vehicle was travelling too fast for the roundabout.
“The officers believed the driver could not have had proper control of the vehicle.
“The weather was fine and the road conditions dry.”
In a letter to the court, Martin said he was a shift worker at Hams Hall, Coleshill, and also a student at Solihull College.
“I was immature and made a mistake,” he wrote.
“My behaviour was totally unacceptable and I am extremely sorry for my actions.”
Martin was also told to pay £85 costs and £15 victim surcharge.
Presiding magistrate Chas Singh commented: “We just find that it was a very dangerous manoeuvre.”