Learner driver clocked doing 115mph on M55

A teenage learner driver was caught speeding down the M55 in a Skoda at 115mph.

Friday, 12th August 2016, 1:31 pm
Updated Friday, 12th August 2016, 6:49 pm

Adeel Shah was only 17 at the time and 30 days off passing his test when he was stopped on the M55 at Kirkham by police.

The teenager then lied and gave his brother’s name to police when asked for his personal details.

Shah, now 18, of Tenby Close, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to speeding, driving without insurance and not in accordance with his provisional licence plus obstructing police.

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Blackpool magistrates fined Shah £165 with £85 costs plus £30 victims surcharge and put six penalty points on his licence which means he will revert to being a learner driver and have to retake his test.

Prosecutor, Peter Bardsley, said police were attracted to Shah driving a Skoda Octavia hatchback on June 2 at 3.45pm because it was the fastest vehicle on the motorway.

Police followed Shah and clocked him driving at 115mph.

He was stopped and shown video footage of his drive.

At first he gave his brother’s name but then admitted his true identity telling police he had lied because he did not have a full licence.

Kathryn Jamieson-Sinclair, defending, said Shah, who had been loaned the car by a family friend, was deeply remorseful and offered no explanations or excuses for his behaviour.

Shah had passed his driving test 10 days ago.

His father was unable to drive because of a back injury so Shah ferried family members including his mother and sisters around and needed the car to do work for the family business.