A police officer has been convicted of dangerous driving for reaching speeds of up to 159mph in an unmarked police car.
But Pc Mark Milton, of Telford, Shropshire, was given an absolute discharge after he was told by District Judge Peter Wallis that he had suffered enough with two-and-a-half years of court proceedings.
Milton was convicted at Ludlow Magistrates' Court following a second trial after he was acquitted of the same offence last year.
The High Court overturned his acquittal earlier this year and ordered a re-trial.
Outside court, Andy White, chairman of the West Mercia Police Federation, said an appeal against the conviction had already been lodged.
"We have heard what the judge had to say and on behalf of Mark Milton we have lodged an appeal which is now in process,'' he said.
He said that, due to the conviction, Milton would be subject to a disciplinary hearing with the force but that would more than likely not take place until after the appeal.
He said Milton would not face automatic dismissal from his post as a traffic officer.
Milton, who had attended court in a black suit and dark purple shirt, refused to answer journalists' questions as he left with his wife, Nicola.
His solicitor, David Twigg, said the appeal would challenge the judge's view that Milton's advance driving skills were irrelevant to the charge.
He said Milton's driving was entirely in accordance with the training he had been given.
He said his client was disappointed with the outcome and looked forward to the appeal, which will be heard at Shrewsbury Crown Court.
During the trial, footage taken from the video camera fitted to a West Mercia Police Vauxhall Vectra was shown.
Milton was seen to be regularly travelling at more than 100mph on A-roads and up to 159mph on the M54 during the early hours of December 5, 2003.
Passing sentence, Mr Wallis told Milton: "Your driving falls far beneath the standards expected of a careful and competent driver. In all circumstances I am satisfied to the criminal standard of proof that you are guilty of dangerous driving.''
What a waste of tax payers money. This guy had already been found not guilty in a previous trial. He has been the victim of a witch hunt