A NEWCASTLE Emlyn driver who was clocked at 85mph in a 50mph zone has escaped a driving ban.

Chandler James Ward, of Capel Iwan, Newcastle Emlyn, had pleaded guilty under the single justice procedure at an earlier hearing at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court to driving a Peugeot 206 on the A484 Carrmarthen Road at Newcastle Emlyn at 85mph at just past midnight on July 28.

The 22-year-old was brought before the court for sentence as magistrates were considering a possible ban but instead Ward was fined £161 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge. His licence was endorsed with six penalty points.