Footballer Cole faces driving ban

Chelsea and England footballer Ashley Cole has been found guilty of driving at more than 100mph in a 50mph zone in Surrey.

A speed gun recorded the 29-year-old, who did not attend court for his trial, driving at 104mph in his black Lamborghini Gallardo on the A3 in Kingston. Cole claimed that he was being chased by the paparazzi at the time.

"We find that we were convinced enough by the evidence given that he was travelling at 104mph," said Magistrates' chairwoman Judith Jewell told Kingston Magistrates' Court. "Our reasons are that we feel that the evidence of the police officer was credible, and we feel entitled to believe that the equipment was operating properly."

Ms Jewell adjourned sentencing until the end of the month so that Cole could be present, but warned he may be banned from driving.

Prosecuting, Richard Lomax said that the fact that Cole, married to singer and television presenter Cheryl Cole, may have been trying to avoid photographers was irrelevant.

Cole will be sentenced at the court at 10am on January 29.

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