Mercy dash rider sped through Plymouth to reach hurt child, court told
A MOTORCYCLIST caught travelling at more than 70mph on a city road was making a mercy dash to his injured child, a court heard.
Lewis Langmead broke the 40mph speed limit on Billacombe Road and Laira Bridge Road because he was worried the youngster had been hurt in a fall, Plymouth magistrates heard.
Langmead, 25, of Landulph Gardens, Barne Barton, admitted travelling at 73mph on October 27 last year.
Magistrates did not disqualify Langmead but handed him six penalty points. He was also fined £110 and ordered to pay £60 costs and £15 victim surcharge.
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Stephen Walker, for the defendant, said he had been staying with his parents in Holbeton in the South Hams at the time of the offence.
He added the carpet fitter was called by his distressed ex-partner who said their child was covered in blood after a fall at her home.
Mr Walker said he got on his Suzuki DRZ 400 and drove without delay to Plymouth and was clocked for speeding on the way. He added that the child's injury was not as bad as first feared, but he was able to help and comfort his ex-partner. The court heard that he had received penalty points for a speeding offence in 2009. Magistrates read letters from Langmead's mother and his ex-partner describing what happened last October.