Speeding Jaguar driver allowed to keep his licence - so he doesn't lose his £150,000-a-year job
6:00am Saturday 28th September 2013 in News
A HIGH-FLYING sales executive caught speeding in his luxury Jaguar was allowed to keep his licence after magistrates heard a ban would cost him his £150,000 a year job.
David John Woodcock was clocked doing 78mph in a 50mph zone on the A666, a magistrates’ court heard.
But instead of a ban Blackburn Magistrates’ Court fined him £1,000 and endorsed his licence with six penalty points.
Woodcock, aged 49, of Little Scotland, Blackrod, pleaded guilty to speeding at the A666 in Darwen.
As well as the fine and points he was ordered to pay £165 costs.
Kristian Cavanagh, defending, said his client was employed as sales director for an American firm which had its UK base in Reading.
As a result he was required to drive the length and breadth of the UK and travel extensively in Europe.
Mr Cavanagh said without his licence Woodcock would not be able to do his job and, because he had only been with the company for five and a half months, they would be unlikely to keep him on.
He added that despite his salary Woodcock would not be in a position to employ a driver.
“He is going through a protracted and extremely difficult divorce settlement,” said Mr Cavanaugh. “He has two houses in Bolton, one of them occupied by his ex-wife, and also a two bedroom flat in London, which costs £619,000 and is heavily mortgaged.”
Mr Cavanaugh said the Jaguar Woodcock was driving at the time had been recently acquired and was more powerful than the one he had been used to.