Published: October 9, 2013
Driving ban for rugby star caught speeding at 103mph near Burnham

England rugby star Martin Johnson has this week been banned from driving after being caught speeding at more than 100mph on the M5 near Burnham-On-Sea.

The former British and Irish Lions and England captain, who was stopped on the M5 near junction 23 during August, was handed a 49-day disqualification by Taunton Magistrates.

The court heard that the 43-year-old from Mowsley in Leicestershire was recorded driving at 103mph.

Johnson was 'overtaking all other traffic' in the fast lane in his Range Rover at 10pm on August 13th after a holiday in his family cottage near Salcombe, Devon, the court was told.

He admitted speeding and, as well as the disqualification, he was fined £800 and told to pay £115 costs.

Stephen Gooden, defending, told magistrates: "He admitted his guilt at the first available opportunity and co-operated with police. When he was stopped, the traffic was light and he was in a very powerful vehicle. He wasn't going to risk his wife, daughter and son's safety. He understands the seriousness of the matter."

Johnson announced his retirement from a successful playing career in 2005. It came two years after he captained England, for whom he played a total of 84 times over 10 years, to World Cup glory in 2003.

The same year he was given a CBE - one medal below a knighthood - in the New Year Honours list. Johnson also led England to a Six Nations Grand Slam and is the only man to have captained the British and Irish Lions twice.

Pictured: Rugby star Martin Johnson (photo Patrick Khachfe)

 


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