A driver clocked racing along the A1 at 111 mph has escaped a lengthy ban – because his son’s football team need him to run them to matches.
Football coach Callum Percy was spotted by police racing along the East Lothian stretch of the A1 at high speeds around 10.45am on June 17.
But the former-Scottish Government worker was spared a long ban when a court heard he helps run a boys’ football club where he drives the team to matches.
Solicitor Paul Taylor said a road ban for his client would result in the 51-year-old having to give up his coaching role with the youth team.
He said: “His son is dependent on him to take him to matches and he is often required to take other children on the match days. If your honour was to ban him, his coaching role would have to cease at the football club.”
Mr Taylor also told Haddington Sheriff Court that Percy had been caught driving at excessive speeds on the day of the first anniversary of his wife’s death.
He said: “He had other things on his mind as it was the first anniversary of his wife’s death, and he is deeply shocked and ashamed at being caught driving at such a speed.” Mr Taylor added the father-of-one was forced to retire from his position as a civil servant with the Scottish Government following his wife’s sudden passing to look after his 13-year-old son.
Percy, 52 Strachan Road, Edinburgh, admitted to driving his powerful Vauxhall Insignia at speeds up to 111mph when he appeared at Haddington Sheriff Court on Wednesday last week.
Depute procurator fiscal Aiden Higgins told the court police officers using a radar gun caught Percy speeding and after catching up with him cautioned and charged him.
Sheriff Peter Braid said: “The speed was so high the public interest outweighs your personal circumstances, so some period of disqualification is appropriate.
“So I am going to disqualify you, recognising the impact that will have on others I’m going to restrict that to one month.” Sheriff Braid also decided to fine Percy £400.
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