Driver fined for overtaking four cars at once

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A DRIVER has been fined after overtaking four vehicles at once – including a police car.

The officers watched Kenneth McKay as he sped past the cars behind them before finally overtaking them.

The 61-year-old was arrested after the traffic cops took down his BMW’s registration number and went to his home.

McKay, of Chatton Avenue, South Shields, pleaded not guilty to driving without due care and attention and failing to comply with road signals at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court last month.

He was due to stand trial but returned to the court to change his plea and admit the charges.

Justin Gibson, prosecuting, told the court that McKay was spotted by police on October 20 last year.

He said: “It was 5.10pm when he was first seen on Newcastle Road heading towards Cleadon from Sunderland.

Officers noticed a car behind driving in excess of the 40mph limit and overtaking several vehicles in one manoeuvre.

“The defendant’s car was right behind the one in front and he was straddling both lanes of traffic.

At Cleadon Village, the car overtook about four vehicles, including the police car, while driving on the other side of the road beyond a bollard separating the lanes.”

David Forrester, defending, said: “He overtook a number of cars at speed. It was inappropriate, but there was never anything close to a collision.

“No one had to take evasive action to get out of his way – this is careless, not dangerous, driving.”

Magistrates gave McKay six penalty points, fined him £240 and ordered him to pay £100 costs and a £24 victim surcharge.