Seat Leon driver pleads guilty to 154mph speeding ticket on A11 near Fiveways, Barton Mills

Louie Howlett was caught speeding at 154mph

Louie Howlett was caught speeding at 154mph - Credit: Archant

Road safety chiefs have slammed the thoughtless driver who admitted clocking up what is thought to East Anglia’s fastest recorded speeding ticket.

Louie Howlett was caught doing 154mph on the A11 earlier this year, more than twice the legal speed limit.

The 21-year-old from High Street, Lakenheath, was travelling southbound near Fiveways, Barton Mills, in a Seat Leon when he was clocked with a laser speed camera just before 9pm on March 18.

His case was listed yesterday at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court in Ipswich. He pleaded guilty by post to speeding in excess of 70mph on a dual carriageway, at a speed too fast for a conditional offer to be issued.

A court clerk said Howlett was due to attend Bury St Edmunds Magistrates Court on Tuesday, August 2, when the court will consider his disqualification.

Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore said there was “absolutely no excuse for anyone to drive at this shocking speed”.

“I find it absolutely incomprehensible,” he added.

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“This young driver has given no thought to the fact that he is not just risking his own life, but the lives of fellow road users; as a parent I find this particularly upsetting.

“Speed is one of the fatal four causes of serious injury or death on our roads. We really do need to make speeding as socially unacceptable as drink-driving if we are going to make Suffolk’s roads safer for everyone.”

According to Suffolk police figures, 114 motorists were prosecuted in 2015/16 for travelling at speeds of 100mph or more.

This was an increase of 77 compared with the previous year when 37 drivers and motorcyclists were caught.

Inspector David Giles, Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit, said: “At more than double the speed limit, 154mph is just ridiculous and shows absolutely no regard for anyone else using the roads.

“Whilst by far the majority of motorists drive safely within the speed limit, there are still too many who don’t. Excess speed is a significant factor in many serious and fatal collisions, and in a bid to protect the wider public from suffering a collision, we will never stop speed enforcement activity.