Drug-driver caught speeding at 122mph on M5 on way home from haircut during Covid lockdown

The driver was going at 122mph in a 70mph zone. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

A man from Taunton has been fined and banned from driving after speeding at 122mph on the motorway while under the influence of drugs.

Robert James White, 30, was travelling back from Wales after getting a haircut when he was stopped by police on the M5 in Somerset.

He was stopped near Junction 23 as he was travelling southbound on 17 March 2021, during a national lockdown.

White admitted the charges at a previous hearing and was sentenced at Taunton Deane Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (December 2).

In addition to the disqualification, he was fined £120 and ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £34 victim surcharge.

He was also given a fixed penalty notice for the breach of Covid-19 regulations at the time of the incident.

PC Owen Davies, of Avon and Somerset Police's roads policing unit, described his driving as "reckless in the extreme".

He said: “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.

“At the time of the offence, a second national lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19 was in place in England, with people urged to stay at home – all this makes his actions even more reprehensible.”