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Speeding doctor claims he was in fear of his life

A DOCTOR who claimed he reached 125mph on a Solihull road because he feared of his life, was actually being pursued by an unmarked police car, a court heard.

A DOCTOR who claimed he reached 125mph on a Solihull road because he feared of his life, was actually being pursued by an unmarked police car, a court heard.

Dr Edwin Grand Butler, of Croft Lane, Hatton, appeared at Solihull Magistrates Court last Thursday (July 12), charged with driving with excessive speed.

The 70-year-old, who previously had a clean licence, said he had been travelling along the Kenilworth Road from Balsall Common, on the morning of November 13, when he noticed a white BMW acting ‘aggressively.’

Fearing he could be ‘car jacked’, Butler said he sped up to avoid the car, becoming increasingly anxious that he was being followed.

“I became quite nervous and decided to put some space between me and this BMW.

“But I accelerated, and it accelerated.

“It was clear I was being targeted.

“I had no idea who was in the car or what their intentions were.”

The court heard Butler had been aiming for the busy M6 with the hope there would be less chance of ‘anything untoward’ happening when the BMW put on its siren, revealing its driver as a police officer.

Baldev Atwal, prosecuting, said officers had pursued Butler after being overtaken by his white Seat Ibiza at 10.37am on Kenilworth Road, whilst the patrol car was driving at the speed limit of 50 miles per hour.

Police, who followed the car over four miles, recorded speeds of 97mph as it travelled along the road’s 60mph stretch which shot up to 125mph as Butler hit the 70mph zone.

Dr Butler, who had pleaded guilty by post, had been warned that his excessive speed could lead to a disqualification but claimed, in mitigation, he had been in fear of serious harm.

After a lengthy deliberation, magistrates handed him six penalty points and a fine of £310.

 

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