Footballer Ashley Cole’s legal team represented him in a West London Court today after the Chelsea player was caught doing 100mph in a 50mph zone on the A3 last year.
Ashley Cole was caught speeding in his black Lamborghini when an officer with a speed gun caught him doing 104mph. Richard Lomax, prosecutor told the court: “The defendant was stopped and spoken to and the words he said at the time, when it became plain that somebody was pointing a speed camera at him, were ‘Can’t you do anything about those idiots who keep chasing me?’“
29-year-old Ashley Cole told police that he was driving at 80mph when he was stopped, not the reported 104mph that the police officers speed gun was displaying. Mr Lomax said: “The Crown says there can be no other sensible construction of the words uttered by Mr Cole at the time that he was conceding he was driving at a speed more than 50mph. It is plain that he found the attention of persons with cameras unwelcome and he was trying to get away from them. The only sensible inference, therefore, is that he was going too quickly.“
But the fact that Ashley was trying to avoid paparazzi is not relevant, magistrates were told. The traffic officer who caught Cole said he initially noticed Cole’s car because: “It seemed to be travelling considerably faster than any other vehicle.” PC Wills continued: “I asked him if he knew what the speed limit was on that stretch of road, and he replied 50. Then I asked him what speed he was doing, and he said 80mph. I pointed out he was doing considerably more than that and showed him our laser device.“
It wasn’t until the officer told Cole he had been caught on the speed gun that he complained about the photographers that were supposedly chasing him. “He pointed out that there was a man with a camera some distance further down the road. I saw him (the photographer) at that time, but I had no idea when he turned up. He was certainly not in evidence when I first saw the speeding Lamborghini.“
Ashley Cole’s legal team have tried to adjourn the case to allow evidence from an expert on speed guns to be considered, but magistrates refused. Katherine Hodson, defending Mr Cole argued that the speed gun operated by PC Wills might not have been operated properly. She claimed Cole had no case to answer, as PC Wills had not been present when the device underwent it’s annual calibration. But Ms Jewell (magistrate) was presented with a certificate which proved the gun was working correctly.
Ashley, face it mate. Whenever you have been caught out in the past, you have initially tried to wriggle your way out of it until you realise you have to come clean. This time is one of those occasions. You were caught doing TWICE the speed limit in your flash new Lamborghini, and unfortunately for you, there was a police officer there who caught you doing it.
Gutted mate. Nothing more than you deserve. I’m terribly sorry that you were caught on this occasion.