Driver caught doing 100mph on A12 at Gorleston had overtaken unmarked police car

Norwich Magistrates Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norwich Magistrates Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

A motorist who was caught doing 100mph by an unmarked police car he had overtaken has been given a driving ban.

Jack Baldock, 22, was clocked doing 100mph in a 50mph zone on the A12 at Gorleston by a police vehicle with a calibrated speedometer.

Baldock, from Barleycroft, Hemsby, appeared at Norwich Magistrates Court yesterday having previously admitted the offence which happened on May 28 this year.

Ian Fisher representing the self-employed electrician, said he had been driving the Audi A4 car on the dual carriageway and overtook an unmarked vehicle at a 'comfortable' speed but was surprised to see the vehicle he had overtaken 'began to close the distance between him and it' and so reacted by 'increasing his own speed'.

Mr Fisher said the incident was 'short-lived' but told magistrates Baldock admitted the offence at the earliest opportunity, was remorseful and bitterly regretted it.

Chairman of the bench Dr Timothy Thirst<corr> said the speed Baldock was travelling at was 'excessive' and could result in either him being killed or other people being killed.

Baldock was disqualified from driving for 56 days, fined £500, ordered to pay £85 costs and a £50 victim surcharge.