An ambulance technician caught driving at 102mph was told a patient would die in Aberdeen if he did not get access to a piece of machinery fast.
Johnathon Kerr was working with the Scottish Emergency Rider Volunteer Service (SERVS) when he was asked to pick up the ECMO machine which had been taken to Glasgow from London.
He had been told by a surgeon a patient would die if the equipment did not arrive at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary by 9am.
Mr Kerr was caught driving at 102mph and was charged with speeding on the A90 Aberdeen-Dundee road at Fordoun.
His defence lawyer Ronnie Simpson brought up the defence of necessity during a hearing at Aberdeen Justice of the Peace Court, arguing his client needed to get up the road for a certain time.
Justice Shameen Sheikh agreed and found Mr Kerr, of Montgomery Road in Paisley, not guilty.
Following the outcome, the 29-year-old said: “I am just pleased that it is finally over with.
“I appreciate that my lawyer has taken on a bit of a case.”
Mr Kerr added: “I am very pleased with the outcome.
“I can return to full-time employment.
“I can register as a paramedic and progress with my career.
“It’s been almost 16 months since the time of this incident and I can finally move on.”
Mr Simpson said that his client should never have been brought to court in the first place.
“It was the wrong decision to prosecute but the right decision to acquit,” added Mr Simpson.