Comedian Steve Coogan Banned From Driving After Speeding In Brighton

Fifty-year-old actor and comedian Steve Coogan has been banned from driving after speeding and doing almost double the speed limit in his sports car in Brighton last year.

Coogan was driving his Mazda MX-5 SE at 54 mph in a 30 mph zone in Black Rock, Brighton, last year on October 14, a police spokesman said. The actor was disqualified from driving for 28 days following a hearing at Worthing Migistrates’ Court, the spokesman added.

Coogan, who currently lives in Greenways, Ovingdean, did not take part in the hearing but had a solicitor as he entered a guilty plea. He was also fined £670 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £67 and costs of £85.

Coogan, who is also a car enthusiast, has a net worth of £7 million and was driving a £25,000 Mazda MX-5 in Brighton.

A police spokesperson responded: “Steve Coogan may be a big comedian, but this kind of behaviour isn’t funny.”

“He’s not only putting himself and other road users in danger, but is sending a terrible message to all the fans who look up to him.”

The global etiquette guide lists that the average urban speed in most of the countries around the world is 30 mph, while the highway speed limit can go as high up to 80 to 90 mph.

The actor has also been on trial previously for speeding back in July 2012, when he did 39 mph in a 30 mph zone in his Range Rover in Hove but was cleared of charges on him.

Earlier this month, Sky Atlantic confirmed that a third series of an award-winning show The Trip will air featuring Coogan and Rob Brydon. The series chronicles the characters on their quest to a road trip across the Mediterranean coast.

Coogan said: “Having thought long and hard about yet another sojourn into culinary distractions and middle age, I have reluctantly agreed to Eviva Espana.”

“I have a hole in my diary, there will be free food and accommodation and Rob Brydon is surprisingly good company.”

Back in December, Coogan had to spend his night in a car after getting stuck between two landslides in the aftermath of Storm Desmond. He was driving to Coniston in Cumbria and was near Thirlmere when he was trapped.

He told BBC Breakfast: “I went down the back of Thirlmere lake and got stuck on a landslide there. I was trying to drive past it in this four wheel drive because the other roads were blocked.”

“And I got stuck at midnight and there was no signal on my phone and I had to spend the night there.”

“Fortunately I had my dog with me, so he kept me company”, he added.

“And I’d been to the shops, so I survived ‘Bear Grylls’ style on nuts and berries – but I bought them at Marks and Spencer.”

Coogan managed to call a friend for help, but the rescue process was slowed after his friend also got stuck in the landslide.

Coogan said: “We had to dig him out, and then he tied a rope around my car and pulled me out, and then we escaped.”

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