Furious driving...at 10mph

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On this day in 1860 Arthur Gregory appeared before magistrates charged with ‘furious driving’ at Portsea, Portsmouth.

A police constable had witnessed Gregory hurtling along Butcher Street in a horse-drawn cart, whipping the horse.

The ‘manner of [Gregory’s] driving tended to endanger the lives of passengers as he was going about 10 miles an hour’.

Gregory pleaded guilty, saying in his defence: ‘This here hoss was brought to me by a dealer for sale. It was what ye call a jibbing hoss. Her was a very bad tempered animal and her would go very fast or her would not go at all.’

He was fined £1 with nine shillings costs.

– John Sadden’s The Portsmouth Book of Days.