Driver clocked at 98mph in a 30mph zone avoids jail

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PIC FROM CATERS - (PICTURED:Minaugas Indriunas ARRIVING AT COURT) - A SPEEDING motorist was caught doing almost 100mph in a 30mph zone in Newport. Minaugas Indruinas, 32, from Llys-y-Coed, Hengoed, sped down the Kingsway in a BMW on May 5 last year. But he was caught by a speed camera doing 98mph on the A4042, close to where the road becomes a 20mph zone with speed humps.

A motorist who was caught driving at speeds up to 98mph in a 30mph zone has avoided a prison sentence.

Minaugas Indruinas, of Llys-y-Coed, Wales, was captured by a fixed speed camera on the A4042 in Newport, driving at extremely high speeds.

Cwmbran Magistrates' Court heard how his BMW remained close to triple figures even as he approached a 20mph zone lined with speed bumps.

Appearing at the court with his girlfriend speaking on his behalf due to his basic grasp of English, Indruinas pleaded with Magistrates not have his licence taken away as he needed to take his young child to school.

Not quite grasping the gravity of his offence, his girlfriend said: "He needs to commute to work.

"We have a little one and she's going to school."

Magistrates also heard Cwmbran police express their shock at the sheer speed Indruinas was driving at, and his disregard for public safety.

Banning him from driving for four months, chairman of the bench Gary Shide said: "Because of the speed involved we feel we have no option but to disqualify you from driving," reported the South Wales Argus.

"If you drive whilst disqualified you will commit a serious offence and you may be sent to prison."

Indruinas was also fined £500 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £50 and costs of £85.

The GATSO speed camera that caught the speeding driver out is the second-highest grossing camera in England and Wales, catching 23,582 drivers over the last three years and generating revenue of £1,414,920.