98mph cop denies speeding

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A North Wales police officer caught doing nearly the twice the speed limit tried to get off on the grounds 50mph signs were unlit.

Sgt Craig Jones was driving at 98mph when he was stopped but denied speeding, claiming the limit was unenforceable.

The organised crime officer was convicted by magistrates but is now to appeal – and his 90-day driving ban and £500 fine with £1000 costs have been lifted pending the outcome at crown court.

Jones was caught on the A55 dual carriageway at Colwyn Bay late on April 1 as he took a prisoner to Caernarfon.

His barrister, Simon Gurney, claimed the speed limit signs “fall foul of the regulations” by being unlit.

Rejecting the defence, deputy district judge Timothy Gascoyne told Jones: “I’m satisfied you were speeding on the night in question and the signage was sufficient to give you adequate notice of the speed limit.”

Steve Farrell

By Steve Farrell