ban for rugby star caught speeding at 103mph near Burnham
rugby star Martin Johnson has this week been banned from driving
after being caught speeding at more than 100mph on the M5 near
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.
court heard that the 43-year-old from Mowsley in Leicestershire
was recorded driving at 103mph.
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.
admitted speeding and, as well as the disqualification, he was
fined £800 and told to pay £115 costs.
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."
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.
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.
Rugby star Martin Johnson (photo Patrick Khachfe)