Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 22 October 2014

Young sorry for 100mph M-way drive

Footballer Ashley Young was caught driving at 100mph on a motorway

Manchester United and England football star Ashley Young has told a court he was deeply sorry for his behaviour after he was caught driving at 100mph on a motorway.

The 28-year-old was spotted in a Range Rover by police on the M62 eastbound at around 3am on January 27, Wakefield Magistrates' Court was told.

He exited at junction 24 and sped through a 30mph zone at 55mph before being stopped by police.

Dressed in a black suit, white shirt, and with a diamond stud in his ear, Young, who previously admitted speeding and already has six penalty points on his licence, told the court: "I know what I done was not right, it was totally incorrect and I was not just endangering myself I was endangering others on the road. I deeply regret what I've done and I'm sorry."

Young was called to give evidence after he argued to keep his licence because he said he would suffer exceptional hardship by not being able to drive to see his young family.

He told the court he would travel to see his partner and two young children in Hertfordshire when he was free of his Manchester United commitments, but they were susceptible to change at short notice because of the way fixtures are often moved about. Because of this he said he would struggle to hire a driver, and argued his children would suffer from not seeing him as regularly if he could not drive to see them.

However, bench Chairman John Myers said the court did not accept his argument and banned him from driving for six months. He told Young, who sat in court with his hands clasped on his lap: "Having studied carefully the legal background of this case and having taken further advice from colleagues we believe our judgment will stand.

"We do not find the case for exceptional hardship has been made. You will therefore be banned from driving from today for six months."

Young's lawyer, Chris Sweetman, told magistrates his client would appeal against the disqualification and immediately issued a written notice to the court. Because of that the disqualification was suspended. Mr Myers said. "In light of the court's receipt of notice of appeal the bench will suspend its decision of disqualifying Mr Young until it's dealt with by a higher court."

Young was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge and £85 costs. He declined to comment as he left court.

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