A 25-year-old man who overtook police at speed and put other road users in danger has been fined, at Derry Magistrates Court.

Jacek Bialka, of Brunswick Road in the city, pleaded guilty to charges of driving with excess speed and without due care and attention on January 23, 2017.

The court heard he was driving on the Derry to Dungiven Road around 11am in the morning when he overtook police at speed.

Police were driving at the national speed limit of 60mph, and observed the defendant take over other vehicles.

Officers accelerated to 80mph, then 100mph, and he still moved away from them, the court was told.

They pursued Bialka for 1 and a half miles, during which time he was said to have driven without due care and attention by ‘crossing the path’ of one vehicle, and ‘tailing’ others.

During police interview he said he was driving fast because he ‘wanted to collect his wife’ at the Airport on time.

Passing sentence, Deputy District Judge Liam McStay said: “You would much rather she was angry with you for being late than put other people in danger.”

The 25-year-old was fined £300 and given four penalty points.

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