Well, would you believe it – Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan has been found not guilty of failing to identify the driver of a vehicle which was allegedly caught speeding on Barrack Road last July.
Kevin Nolan – Sports Personality of the year
An Audi S8 was allegedly clocked doing around 37 mph in a 30 mph zone in Newcastle, and the owner of the car was found to be Kevin Nolan. Note that Kevin is the owner and not necessarily the diver at that time – that’s important to understand right at the beginning of this bizarre story.
Nolan told the court, without even a glimmer of a smile, that he could not remember if he was driving at the time, and he really tried very hard, and it could well have been that another member of his family was driving at the time.
We know professional footballers are notorious for not remembering things, especially when they are in court, but this seems a little ridiculous.
Kevin spilled the beans that he owned the Audi S8, an Audi Q7, a Range Rover and also a Bentley, and we suppose that’s what £50K a week can get you on Tyneside, and Kevin said that his father, wife and brother were all insured to drive all of of the vehicles.
To cut it short, the Newcastle United captain was believed by the magistrates, who then dismissed the case.
Nolan told the court the date of the alleged speeding offense, July 27 last year, was in the close season and the date was not particularly significant to either himself or to members of his family.
His father and brother, who are licensed to drive Kevin’s car, don’t even live in Newcastle, since they reside in Liverpool, but the footballer couldn’t remember if they were even in Newcastle on July 27th last year, when the offense – sorry the alleged offense – took place. And Kevin tried very hard to remember, really.
Kevin said it depended on various things who drove the car:
“It just depends which has got the most petrol, or if my daughter needs dropping off at school or I take a friend into work, it just depends on that.”
“Anyone drives any car at any one time. Whatever we feel like.”
Kevin also requested to see photographs of the car while it was speeding to see if he could identify who was driving the car, as he told the court:.
“I just tried to recollect who was up,” “The date doesn’t stand out for any of us. I spoke to my father, brother and wife.”
The offense also happened to be on Barrack Road, which is where St. James’ Park is, so you would have thought that was a significant clue wouldn’t you?
Not so, as Kevin continued:
“It is near the stadium where I play, but there is no reason why I should be at the stadium that day.”
So the obvious follow-up question would have been if either of the other licensed drivers had any reason at all to be on Barrack Road at that time, but we suppose the question was never asked.
If any ordinary person in Newcastle in a similar situation thinks they could get off the way captain Kevin Nolan did, they are simply wrong.
But Kevin is a very good footballer for Newcastle United, and that means a lot in Newcastle, as we all know, and who are we to argue with the Magistrates’ decision
You couldn’t make this stuff up, if you tried. 😀