Ton-up on way to toilet

SUFFERING with a stomach upset and desperate to get to a toilet, teenager driver Daniel Barker was clocked driving at more than 100 mph as he rushed home to his bathroom. Police followed him for more than four miles along the A142 from Ely High Bridge to

SUFFERING with a stomach upset and desperate to get to a toilet, teenager driver Daniel Barker was clocked driving at more than 100 mph as he rushed home to his bathroom.

Police followed him for more than four miles along the A142 from Ely High Bridge to Soham Shade roundabout in the early hours of the morning, magistrates heard on Thursday.

Barker, 19, of Rosebay Gardens, Soham, admitted speeding in his J-registered Nissan Sunny car at Ely on April 29.

Prosecuting, Emma Dmitriev said it was 12.25 am when police followed the speeding car, registering speeds between 100 and 110 mph.


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Representing himself in court, Barker, said: "I really needed to get home to get to the toilet, it was really urgent. I had been out for a meal, and it played on my tummy. I am very sorry, this is my first offence."

Ely magistrates were advised that Barker's explanation for exceeding the 60 mph speed limit did not constitute a medical emergency.

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Barker was employed as a forklift truck driver for Ridgeons, and told the court he would lose his job if he was banned from driving for the offence.

He handed in a letter from his employers.

Banning Barker from driving for 28 days and fining him £300 with £35 costs, presiding magistrate Alan Williams said: "It is an inescapable fact, you were doing 100 to 110 mph, not on a dual carriageway, but on an A-road.

"Going at that speed on that road is extremely dangerous, whatever the circumstances.

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