Steve Coogan dodges long road ban for speeding so 'Alan Partridge wouldn't be cancelled'

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Coogan was clocked driving his Porsche at 36mph in a 30mph zone close to his £4million mansion in Halland, East Sussex.

The 53-year-old was clocked by an automatic camera in the A22 Eastbourne Road on January 8 and faced a three-point endorsement on his driving licence.

Car-mad Coogan already had nine points from previous motoring offences.

And a further three points would mean he would have 12 points and face an automatic six month ban under the totting up procedure.

Magistrates in Crawley decided to hand him a two-month driving ban after hearing a sixth month ban would force him to cancel an Alan Partridge travelogue television series he is set to make for the BBC.

Steve Coogan

SPEEDING: Steve Coogan admitted going 36mph in a 30mph zone near his mansion in Halland (Pic: Terry Applin/Brighton Pictures)

“You couldn’t put him on a train because that not who he is – it’s part of his character that he drives”

Steve Coogan

He said the new series, which he is due to start filming in October, sees the comedy character driving to various locations around Britain meeting people.

Wearing a blue suit, white shirt and tie, Coogan told the court: “I’m producing a travelogue follow on TV series where I’m basically driving around Britain.

“The whole nature of the series is that it is a travelogue and it’s an artistic thing that he drives and that defines his character.

“You couldn’t put him on a train because that not who he is – it’s part of his character that he drives.”

Alan Partridge

ALPHA PAPA: Steve Coogan warned cancelling Alan Partridge would put people out of work (Pic: GETTY)

Coogan said the camera shots could not be faked because he has to be seen driving the vehicle himself.

He said: “You have cameras mounted on the bonnet then you have other shots where you have a camera mounted on a separate car filming the person in the car driving.”

Coogan said his Baby Cow production company has lined up between 15-20 professionals to work on the series who would struggle to find alternative work if he cancelled the series.

The court heard the actor has a history of speeding offences and had attended a drivers’ awareness course just two months ago.

Steve Coogan

CAR MAD: Steve Coogan walked away with a two month driving ban from court in Crawley (Pic: Terry Applin/Brighton Pictures)

Steve Coogan

DRIVING BAN: Steve Coogan said any longer and it would mean cancelling Alan Partridge (Pic: Terry Applin/Brighton Pictures)

Coogan admitted his driving record was not good but claimed he has now taken steps to alter his behaviour.

He said: “I’m trying to slow down and I try to observe the average speed limits that have come in. 

“I tend to drive the one, the car, with the automatic cruise control that will keep me within the speed.”

Ann Schroder, chair of the magistrates bench, said they had taken into account the “exceptional hardship” it would cause other TV professionals if the Alan Partridge travelogue had to be cancelled.

She said: “We have also taken into account your driving record which is not very good.” 

Steve Coogan

CELEB: Steve Coogan already had nine points of his driving licence (Pic: GETTY)

Magistrates handed him three penalty points and banned him from the roads for two months. They also fined him £750 with £85 court costs and £75 victim surcharge.”

Asked if he could pay the total today Coogan said: “I can.”

The comedian, who declined to speak after the case, was driven away by a friend in a burgundy Range Rover.

Motoring fan Coogan has owned a succession of cars including Ferraris, Mazdas, Range Rovers and Porsches.

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