Man who drove to Wales for haircut during lockdown travelled at 122mph

Police warned that if the driver had been involved in a collision at that speed, there would have been "catastrophic consequences". Credit: PA Images

A court has heard how a man who travelled to Wales for a haircut during lockdown drove at speeds of 122mph.

Robert White, 30, from Taunton, was also found to be driving under the influence of drugs when he was caught by police on the M5 in Somerset after leaving Wales on March 17 this year.

White has now been disqualified from driving for 32 months. At Taunton Magistrates' Court, he was also fined £120 and ordered to pay £75 in court costs, plus a £34 victim surcharge.

He was, at the time, given a fixed penalty notice for breach of Covid regulations as a national lockdown was in place in England.

Pc Owen Davies, of Avon and Somerset's roads policing unit, said: "White's driving on that day was reckless in the extreme. Not only was he driving at 122mph in a 70mph zone, but he was also under the influence of drugs at the time.

"If he'd been involved in a collision while driving at that speed, it would have resulted in catastrophic consequences."