A WOMAN who was detected driving 40mph over the speed limit has avoided a driving disqualification.

On Monday, Enniskillen Magistrates Court heard that Rebecca Crudden (28), with an address of Main Street, Newtownbutler, was clocked at 6.45pm on April 27 by police as she travelled at 100mph in her BMW X5 on the overtaking lane just past Maguiresbridge, 

When stopped by officers, she told them she was just overtaking a car and had just passed it.

Sean Mchugh, representing Crudden, said his client acknowledged it was a “totally unacceptable speed” and she was aware of the precarious situation she was in.
He explained to the court that a series of unfortunate circumstances led up to the incident as Crudden was due to attend the South West College for an assessment at 6pm; however, her youngest child was not feeling well.

The child did start to improve and Crudden decided to go to the assessment but was late, with Mr. McHugh saying her mind was “in a fairly considerable state of flux”.

He added that despite being held up even further by this incident, his client passed her assessment.

District Judge Steven Keown said if Crudden was caught again she should expect a driving disqualification. However, on this occasion, he took into account Crudden’s clear record and early plea, along with the personal family circumstances, and he decided not to ban her. 

Instead, Crudden received six penalty points and a £300 fine.