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Boy racer told to sell fast car

A JOINER who overtook cars at 94 miles per hour on a wet main road in Shetland was advised to drive a slower car after being banned for six months at Lerwick Sheriff Court yesterday (Wednesday).

Francis Scott Smith, aged 26, of Timogill, South Punds, Levenwick, admitted driving recklessly on the main A970 between Shurton Brae and Gulberwick.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said it was raining and dark just before 8pm on 13 November last year when Smith was seen overtaking two vehicles and it took the police some time to catch up with him.

Defence agent Tommy Allan admitted that Smith was “a bit of a boy racer”, but said he had stopped as soon as the police flashed their blue lights behind him.

Banning him and fining him £700, Sheriff Graeme Napier told Smith that he should get rid of his VW Golf 1800 GTI and replace it with a slower car if he wanted to avoid driving too fast.

“Given your record I would normally be considering disqualification for at least a year but given that you have taken some steps to improve your driving ability I will reduce it to six months,” the sheriff said.

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