Motoring journalist prosecuted after filming himself speeding

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

A motoring journalist has been prosecuted after uploading footage of himself speeding to his Facebook page.

Joe Achilles was handed a fine of more than £600 and given six points on his licence after officers from Derbyshire Constabulary’s Roads Policing Unit discovered the video while investigating another incident.

The footage shows Achilles's Audi R8 travelling at nearly 100mph on a winding Derbyshire road, captured by a GoPro camera strapped to the side of the car on November 3, 2018.

Forty-year-old Achilles appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court on October 16 this year, and was handed a fine of £615, ordered to pay costs of £620 and his licence endorsed with six points.

Sergeant Adam Shipley, from Derbyshire Constabulary, called Achilles "pathetic", and said the A57 Snake Pass road - where the incident took place - was one of the UK's "most deadly".

"For a man who drives for a profession I am appalled that he seemingly has so little value for the lives of other road users," he said.

"The roads of the UK are not race tracks and should not be used as such. Strapping a GoPro to the side of a car and driving in this manner – all in a bid to get viewers on social media – is quite frankly pathetic."

He continued: "I hope this case sends a message to others like Joe Achilles who think they can come to our county and put lives at risk."

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