A private ambulance driver who went through two red lights and past a busy shopping area at speeds of up to 80mph when he was not on an emergency call yesterday admitted driving with undue care and attention.
Frank Lynch, a director of Birmingham-based Pro-Care before it went out of business, was fined £750, ordered to pay £800 costs and had his licence endorsed with six points.
Prosecutor Eugene Hickey told Warwick Crown Court that Lynch (52), of Haytor Avenue, Kings Heath, Birmingham, was stopped on December 22 2003 as part of West Midlands Police's Operation Bombard.
At about noon he was seen by police motorcyclist Pc Paul Simmonds approaching traffic lights along Bristol Road South near the Northfield shopping area in a Pro-Care Volvo estate private ambulance with its blue lights and sirens on.
He accelerated quickly away from the lights and then swerved into the middle lane as he approached red traffic lights at the junction with Great Stone Road and continued through more lights on red before he accelerated up to 60 to 70 mph in the 30 mph zone.
He went through the next lights on green, but so fast, that drivers had to brake hard and move over, and his speed increased to 80 in a 40 mph limit.
When questioned he claimed he was on his way to meet and escort another ambulance coming to Birmingham from Worcester.