Drug driver overtook police car at 108mph at Gamston

Nottingham Magistrates Court
Nottingham Magistrates Court

A driver took cocaine before overtaking a police car and reaching 108mph at Gamston, magistrates in Nottingham were told today. (Friday 24 March)

Murray Kitching, 19, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and having a controlled drug over the legally specified amount in his body on December 17.
A term of 18 weeks in custody, suspended for two years, was imposed on Kitching. He was banned from driving for 18 months and must do 300 hours community work.

He told a probation officer that he had taken the drug the day before the incident and “felt OK.” He had not realised his speed.

Nottingham magistrate David Clarson said: “It is fortunate there were no consequences for other parties.
“You were driving in excess of 100mph and you were weaving between cars which obviously put other members of the public at serious risk.”
Daniel Pietryka, prosecuting, said police were overtaken by Kitching’s Vauxhall Astra at 9.48pm on December 17 on the Radcliffe Road section of the A52.
They followed it up Gamston Lings Bar Road on the A52 where there is a 70mph limit on the dual carriageway. The car was doing 85mph.
“It overtook a car on the inside and then veered sharply onto the second lane without slowing. Then it overtook another car and veered again back into the first lane. Effectively the car was weaving in and out of cars along that road,” said Mr Pietryka.
At one point it had to brake sharply to avoid running into the back of a vehicle but soon Kitching was clocked at 108mph after overtaking two more cars.
“The vehicle slowed down shortly afterwards,” said Mr Pietryka. Tests showed 200 micrograms of cocaine in a litre of blood. The legal limit is 50. He admitted this offence and also dangerous driving.
Nadir Prabatani, mitigating, said the incident covered “just over one mile.” The driving ban would mean an end to his summer job of running a tractor.
“This is a young man who has never been in trouble before. The positive is that he has not taken cocaine again, having realised this has not done him any favours,” added Mr Prabatani.
When his driving ban has ended, he will have to take a tougher test before he can again take the wheel.
Kitching of Queen Street, Bottesford must pay a £115 government surcharge and £85 prosecution costs.

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