Former Wakefield police officer in 147mph speed ban

Owen Swift in his jag (not the Jag he was caught speeding in though).''Speedy driver Owen Swift, 68, from York who was caught speeding at 147mph in his Jaguar down the A64 near Malton, North Yorkshire. (Photograph by Jonathan Pow | http://rossparry.co.uk)
Owen Swift in his jag (not the Jag he was caught speeding in though).''Speedy driver Owen Swift, 68, from York who was caught speeding at 147mph in his Jaguar down the A64 near Malton, North Yorkshire. (Photograph by Jonathan Pow | http://rossparry.co.uk)

A PENSIONER caught doing 147mph in his Jaguar was a former Wakefield police officer.

Company director Owen Swift, 68, was banned from driving for nine months for speeding down the A64 near Malton in his £80,000 coupe on June 11 last year.

It emerged this week that Swift was a former police constable in the old Wakefield City Police and later in West Yorkshire Police between the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Former colleagues spotted Swift on TV and in the press.

A retired officer, who didn’t wish to be named, said: “I recognised him straight away. I was having my dinner when I saw him on the TV. Owen Swift used to be a police officer in the 1960s and 1970s.”

Another ex-policeman said: “I saw it in the newspaper. He used to serve with me at Wood Street as a uniformed PC.”

Swift, of York, denied speeding. Scarborough magistrates heard last week how it took four miles to catch up with his car.

Sgt John Clayton, who used the speed gun, said: “He knew he had done wrong, he knew he was too fast. He knew the consequences and was trying to get me to reduce the speed.

“He said, ‘you cannot have got me, you were on the other side and the crash barrier was between us’.

“He said, ‘that is going to crease me, you could have given me a telling off – at my age it is my livelihood’.”

The court rejected Swift’s claim he wasn’t the driver.

Magistrate David Harrison said: “In my experience of nearly 30 years this is one of the highest I have experienced and is on a road that is not suitable for such speeds.

Swift was also fined £700 and told to pay £650 costs.

After the case Sgt Clayton condemned Swift’s speed.

He said: “This is the worst case of excessive speed I have ever seen in 26 years of policing.

“Swift’s disregard for his own safety and the safety of other road users beggars belief.

“The potential consequences of such shocking driving do not bear thinking about. I have seen first-hand the destruction caused by excessive speed. Swift should consider himself extremely lucky to be here to face the court and walk away with just a ban and a fine.”