Monday, October 24, 2011

Stone Roses singer avoids driving ban, pays fine

A week after The Stone Roses confirmed their reunion, singer Ian Brown was in a Chester, UK court Monday settling up on an old speeding ticket.

The Belfast Telegraph reports Brown escaped a driving ban after he was clocked speeding at 105mph this past April.

Ian, 48, appeared before Chester magistrates who fined him £650 and gave his driving licence six penalty points, after the singer pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to speeding in his Lexus car on the M6. He was also ordered to pay £300 prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Prosecutor Alison Warburton told the court Brown was caught speeding on the M6 northbound, near Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, on April 25 this year at around 12.30am. She said a police officer followed his car for five miles and that he drove at 105mph for about a mile. His speed never dropped below 94mph, the court heard.

The police officer then pulled Ian over, who disputed that he was driving that fast and initially entered a not guilty plea to the charge.

Brown’s lawyer, Nick Freeman, dubbed "Mr Loophole" by the media after successfully defending a number of celebrity clients charged with speeding offences, said Ian changed his plea to guilty before his trial when he realized that the speeds clocked by the police were correct.

Brown thanked the court after his lawyer argued that a driving ban would have caused him "insurmountable" difficulties in relation to seeing his 11-year-old son, who lives in London with his mother, and in attending Stone Roses band rehearsals, which are taking place at "a remote secret location."

On Friday, The Stone Roses immediately sold out the first three shows of a planned reunion tour, which starts next June in their hometown of Manchester.

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See also:

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