A MOTORIST who "tailgated" on a motorway at more than 100 mph, forcing cars to move over so he could pass, was branded a high speed bully by magistrates at Harrogate.
When 26-year-old Daniel Hines, a technician at a Huddersfield college, pleaded guilty to speeding and careless driving in his silver BMW on the A1(M) near Boroughbridge court chairman Charles Bailey told him: "Yours was a very intimidating way of driving and we have no doubt that is what you intended it to be."
He had heard how Hines, of Oaklands, Brighouse, had been tracked by police in an unmarked patrol car as he headed north on May 26.
Prosecutor Hilary Reece said he had been seen to drive at high speed very close behind a car in the outside of the three lanes until it pulled over.
Hines had then driven in the same manner behind a 4x4 and his BMW had begun to sway from side to side before passing at high speed when it too pulled over.
The BMW's average speed had been recorded as 104.6mph before it was stopped at Rainton services .
Hines said he had been on his way to pick up his daughter in Catterick and had no excuse for his driving which he accepted had been "reckless."
Fining him \'a3250 with \'a345 costs and a three-month driving ban Mr Bailey told him: "You were behaving like a high-speed bully on one of the most dangerous bits of road in Yorkshire.
"You are very lucky indeed that you were not charged with a more serious offence for which you could have been looking at jail."