STUNNED magistrates have given a British Transport Police worker a three month driving ban after he was caught doing 131mph on Solihull’s Collector Road.
Scott Butler, a call handler for the BTP Birmingham and charity worker, was caught at the wheel of his Peugeot at 2pm on February 24 after driving along the dual carriageway. The speed limit is 50mph.
Chair of the bench Michael Gold, sitting at Solihull Magistrates Court on Monday, described the speed as the worst he had seen.
Malcolm Stoddart, prosecuting, said a police officer followed Butler on the A452 Collector Road towards Chelmsley Wood and witnessed his speed soar from 50mph to a staggering 131mph.
The 41-year-old, of Struce Road, Nuneaton, was also seen undertaking and overtaking cars as he sped along.
The officer was eventually able to catch up with Butler when he was forced to slow down for a roundabout, the court heard.
Butler’s solicitor, Richard Gibbs, said his client, who previously had a clean licence, had always admitted his guilt but could offer no explanation why he broke the limit that day.
“He is level headed and dependable - something he realises he was not on this day,” he said, before pleading with magistrates not to take away client’s driving licence claiming he needed it for charity work.
Sentencing Butler, Mr Gold said: “I have seen speeding on this road but in my experience, this is the highest I have ever seen recorded.
“The fact you can offer no explanation for this is something we find strange to say the least. For a momentary aberration, it was a long moment.”
Butler, who pleaded guilty to speeding, was also fined £400 and told to pay £80 costs and £40 victim surcharge.
A transport police spokesperson said: “BTP expects the highest standards of professionalism from all of its employees at all times.
“In this case, standards have fallen short of the expected level.
“Our professional standards department has been made aware and is considering the matter.”
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