A council official caught doing 125mph on a country road where several fatalities have occurred never wants to get on a motorbike again, a court was told.
Solicitor Michael Gray told magistrates in Prestatyn that James Orme, a senior highways engineer with Cheshire West and Chester Council, was ‘utterly devastated’ when he realised what he had done.
Orme, of Pearl Lane, Vicars Cross, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and was banned from driving for 12 months. He must then take an extended test.
The 43-year-old was also ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work and pay costs of £85 and a surcharge of £60.
Prosecutor Tracey Willingham told the court that Orme was ‘clocked’ by Sergeant Alun Davies who was parked alongside the A5104 at Bryneglwys, between Corwen and Llandegla, on April 25.
The national speed limit of 60mph applies in the area.
The officer, who was in an unmarked police car, tracked the 1,200cc Kawasaki motorbike over about quarter of a mile with a Vascar camera and then radioed to a colleague who stopped Orme near Llandegla.
“There have been a number of fatalities on that road in recent years, the most recent only a month prior to this incident,” said Miss Willingham.
After the Bench had viewed footage of the bike passing the police vehicle Mr Gray said that it was accepted that the high speed alone constituted dangerous driving but there were no aggravating features as the road was straight, there were no other vehicles to be seen and the weather was good.
“There was no crossing the white line, no zig-zagging or racing,” he said. “He opened the throttle where he could see that the road was clear, and a bike like that can go from 60mph to 125 in the blink of an eye.”
Orme, he said, had been riding motorbikes since he was 16 and had a ‘passion’ for machinery.
On the day in question he was riding home from the family’s holiday home in Barmouth on a route he knew very well.
The bike, valued at £2,300 by the police, was seized but the Bench declined to make a deprivation order.
“He will be selling the bike and has no wish to get on a bike again,” said Mr Gray.