29/01/2010

Driving Ban For Cole

Premier League footballer Ashley Cole has been given a four month driving ban after being caught driving at 104mph in a 50mph zone.

The Chelsea player sped his Lamborghini along the A3 in Kingston, south-west London, just after midday on 17 November 2008. Cole, (pictured) claimed to be evading photographers, which the court did not accept as a defence.

Cole was found guilty of the offence earlier this month, today he was handed down the ban and a £1000 fine.
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The court heard that when stopped, Cole told police he was aware it was a 50mph zone and thought he was driving at 80mph.

He complained about a paparazzi photographer following him.

Chairwoman of the magistrates Patricia Baskerville said: "We have taken into account Mr Cole's clean licence - however this was an incident of excessive speed, over twice the speed limit on the road and these were exceptional circumstances which we need to mark."

Cole did not appear in court today to hear the penalty read out.

His counsels' request that he be given 21 days to pay the fine and additional court costs was greeted with laughter.

(PR/GK)

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