Steve Coogan escapes lengthy driving ban because his Alan Partridge character needs to drive

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

The comedian, who declined to speak after the case, was driven away from court by a friend.

A motoring enthusiast, Coogan has owned a succession of cars but stopped buying Ferraris after realising that the depreciation and running costs were greater than hiring a private plane.

Last month he sold his 1969 Aston Martin DBS V8 for more than £150,000 at the Silverstone Classics Auction.

In 2012, Coogan escaped a driving ban after saying he couldn’t remember who had been driving when his car was allegedly clocked speeding.

The actor and comedian told magistrates the identity “slipped my mind” after his Range Rover was allegedly filmed doing 39mph in a 30mph zone in Hove.

In February 2016 Coogan In February 2016, Coogan was fined £670 and banned from driving for 28 days after being caught doing 54mph in a 30mph zone in Brighton.



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