Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Speeding driver uses dyslexia as an excuse

A British driver travelling at speeds as high as 165 km/h (103 mph) has used dyslexia as an excuse for his transgression. He claimed that he didn't realize how fast he was travelling because he couldn't understand his car's speedometer.

According to The Telegraph, Matthew Cook, 40, was speeding and weaving in and out of traffic on the A27 in East Sussex when another motorist called police. They clocked him at 165 km/h (103 mph) in a 96 km/h (60 mph) zone.

Witnesses said that Cook was driving while smoking a cigarette and gesturing at other vehicles as he zoomed by them.

Hove Crown Court prosecutor John Marsden Lynch reported that he told the police officer that “he did not understand the speed dial because he was suffering from dyslexia.”

Cook entered a guilty plea to dangerous driving and has been banned from driving for three years.

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