A PROMISING Huddersfield University pharmacy student who drove at 100mph on the M62 narrowly avoided ruining her career before it started yesterday.
Iram Ahmed, 21, faced being disqualified from driving following the offence which she was convicted of last month.
But she successfully persuaded magistrates not to throw the full weight of the law at her.
The court heard she had grossly exceeded the motorway speed limit of 70mph on the evening of March 30 when police officers saw her driving a Toyota Yaris along the eastbound carriage of the M62 at Outlane as she returned to her university flat.
Before inviting Miss Ahmed, who represented herself, to plead her case, a letter explaining her position, was read to the court.
This said that she was a “full-time university student planning to study pharmacy next year and aspired to become a pharmacist one day.
“I am a really honest and law-abiding citizen and I am genuinely sorry for breaking the law and this experience has really shaken me up and opened my eyes to the degree of speeding.
“I take my career very seriously and do not want a childish and stupid mistake to affect my chances of being accepted.”
She said a driving ban would give off the wrong signals to university lecturers weighing her application.
In mitigation, the defendant from Stockport said: “I just want to say that I really am sorry and I promise I will not do anything like this ever again.
“It was a silly mistake and I am not going to try to justify it.
“Pharmacy interviews will be held this month and I don’t want them to think I’m careless.
“I don’t want anything like this to jeopardise what I have been working for. I feel like I am so close to it now.”
Clifford Bromley, chairman of the bench, said: “We are prepared not to disqualify you.”
However, he said he could not avoid putting six points on her licence. In addition Ahmed was fined £70 plus a victim surcharge of £25 payable at £5 every 14 days.