Oct 28 2009, 08:15 PM
A biker has been jailed after police recorded him driving at 166mph in Scotland earlier this year.
The judge handed a nine month sentence and five year driving ban to Neil Purves, after he admitted to a charge of dangerous driving.
Police were alerted to his speed by the "high-pitched engine noise" of the 27-year-old's motorbike as he drove down the A702 in Peeblesshire on May 13.
A veteran officer who arrested Purves was "shocked" by the "excessively high speed" achieved by the speeding motorist.
The prosecutor, Alastair Learmonth, told the court: "The speed libelled (charged) of 166mph is thought to be the highest speed recorded on a public road in Scotland."
The hairdresser's lawyer tried to argue that he did not deserve a custodial sentence.
Graham Walker claimed that his client was "seduced by the power of his high speed bike" and is "normally a mature and reasonable man".
He said that it was clear no other vehicles were either using or parked on the road at the time he was clocked at 166mph.
"I think it's fair to say the level of risk that the public were subjected to was very low but there was considerable danger, I think, to the accused himself."
However Sheriff John Horsburgh told Purves: "The speed at which you were driving this motorcycle makes a custodial sentence the only appropriate one."
But the jail term was reduced from 12 months after he pleaded guilty to the charge.
We let peodos and rapists out of jail because theres no room but jail a man for speeding.