We always knew soccer players were good with their feet, but in this case it was his lead foot that landed a soccer star in the United Kingdom in hot water with the law.
Back in April, former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke, 44, was captured on automatic speed camera driving 66 mph, 24 mph over the speed limit, in his red Corvette Stingray convertible.
Ironically, he had appeared in a promotional video with a Stingray convertible at the Geneva Motor Show in 2013.
Unfortunately, the six points earned for that ticket pushed Yorke over the limit of 12 points in three years, and a judge took away his driving privileges for the next six months, in addition to charging him a £1,665 fine, reduced from £2,500 due to his early guilty plea, as well as a victim surcharge of £120 and court costs of £85.
Sentencing chairman of the bench, Pat Cole, told Yorke: “We have decided that you will receive six penalty points for doing 66mph in a 40mph limit, which makes you a totter. We have heard no argument for exceptional hardship and so you are disqualified for six months. If you do drive in that time you will be committing a serious offence for which you will be sent to prison. You will not get your driving licence back automatically and you will have to apply to the DVLA for a new licence. As you have not filled out a means form we have had to make an assumption in deciding your fine.”
Yorke nodded and said “Understood.”
He had already earned 10 points prior to this offense, racking up three points for speeding on July 22, 2012, four on Jan. 29, 2013 and another three on June 23, 2014.
Impressively, Yorke took his medicine like a man.
While his attorney Paul O’Keefe noted that Yorke was moving with the flow of traffic on a dry day with good visibility, “he has taken this extremely seriously and he is ashamed to be here today,” O’Keefe told the court.
“He knows full well your powers today and he has cancelled a business trip in Singapore to be here today. He pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.”
Yorke was captured by camera in the £60,000 car on the southbound carriageway of the M42/M6 Toll near Curdworth in Warwickshire.
During his four seasons at Old Trafford, Yorke scored 66 goals in 152 games for the club. He won six titles in his career, playing a key role in their historic Treble success during the 1998-99 season.
U.K. Daily Mail
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