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It's not exactly a case of "affluenza," but it does appear to be another case of Money Makes Things Go Away, this time in the UK. Police there reportedly caught ex-England cricketer and professional boxer Andrew Flintoff doing 87 miles per hour, 17 mph over the limit, in his Bentley Continental GT. While we know how easy it is to creep past the posted limit in Crewe's finest, Flintoff has already been busted for speeding three times in the past three years and has nine points on his license. This latest offense would have raised that to 12 points, which in England means an automatic six-month suspension of driving privileges.

He won't have to worry about that, though, because his lawyer Michael Neofytou successfully argued that Flintoff would endure "exceptional hardship" if he weren't allowed to drive. See, Flintoff runs a charity with his wife, is active in philanthropic work outside of that, puts in television appearances and drives his three kids to "school and various activities." Among other scheduled events, Flintoff's representation claimed he would have to miss the recording of a television show that involved the athlete driving a fish and chips food truck on a road trip powered by the vehicle's own cooking fat.

Noting his work and the need for the children's privacy, chair of the bench David Johnson said, "Because of your position, the fact that you are well known, clearly the impact has to be on others, more than you yourself," and fined Flintoff a total of 445 pounds ($739 US) - a sum the millionaire should have no problem paying.

It's not the first time Flintoff, who has a thing for 87 mph, has escaped the law's grasp. In 2005, he got caught doing the same speed in a temporary 50 mph zone, but got away without a fine when an attorney known as "Mr. Loophole" argued that the notice was sent to Flintoff two days later than permitted by law.


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      audisp0rta4
      • 9 Months Ago

      It's all about using available resources to your advantage. I'm not rich, but I've used attorneys to have traffic citations reduced or even removed all together in the past. 

      wafflesnfalafel
      • 9 Months Ago *Edited*

      smart man - you know if you go 88 mph the time machine kicks in

        Jeff Klossner
        • 9 Months Ago
        @wafflesnfalafel

        Good point but I don't think his flux capacitor was turned on at the time...

      11fiveoh
      • 9 Months Ago

      Millionaire cricket player, didnt see that coming

      knightrider_6
      • 9 Months Ago *Edited*

      British are a little too strict with their rules but at least they don't shoot and kill unarmed black teenagers for jaywalking

        Hunter White
        • 9 Months Ago
        @knightrider_6

        The ignorance of your post, truly demonstrates how low information liberal voters really are...

      Iamazing
      • 9 Months Ago

      Good for him, speed limits are stupid, unnecessary, tax generating tools. The flow of traffic dictates the natural, acceptable speed.  If anything, speed minimums should be established for all of the Toyodorks that can't seem to keep up with everyone else.

      FuelToTheFire
      • 9 Months Ago

      I personally think it makes perfect sense to give richer people more lenient punishments. They are actually hardworking, successful, and productive, and they do good for our society, unlike the vast majority of degenerates who commit crimes, and they are much less likely to be habitual offenders.

        knightrider_6
        • 9 Months Ago
        @FuelToTheFire

        mmmm yeah! Just look at how hardworking and productive Honey Boo Boo and Kim Kardashian are

        Ducman69
        • 9 Months Ago
        @FuelToTheFire

        *holds up scorecard* 

        Only going to give you a [2] out of [10] for that troll, as its far too obvious.  The best trolls are subtle. 

          jz78817
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Ducman69

          no, he's calling you a troll because the opinion you posted is so reprehensible and disgusting that you can't even remotely be serious. If you honestly believe setting policy that widens the divisions between classes is the right thing to do then you're utterly unhinged.

          FuelToTheFire
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Ducman69

          Wow, so a neckbeard with a computer is calling me a troll because my opinion differs from their's? Go figure.

        jz78817
        • 9 Months Ago
        @FuelToTheFire

        and poor people are poor simply because they're lazy, and not because of decades upon decades of discrimination and marginalization.  you're nothing more than a clueless, well-to-do moron who would say to a starving child in Africa "well, if you're so hungry, why don't you just eat something?"

        Alex Ellsworth
        • 9 Months Ago
        @FuelToTheFire

        I agree, and as Social Darwinists have pointed out: they must be rich because they deserve it. Right? lol


        By the way, what's so wrong with 87 mph? Jeez... Everything I read makes me think speed enforcement in the UK must be awfully strict.

          Robert Ryan
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Alex Ellsworth

          It is in the UK

          FuelToTheFire
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Alex Ellsworth

          So then, tell me, how did he get his money? By robbing a bank? No. He had the right genes and he was successful and productive.

      howtizer
      • 9 Months Ago

      This is some god-awful reporting. Losing your license after 12 points is actually pretty rare, you are much more likely to be handed the fine. This wasn't special treatment just because he has a bit of money, this was standard.

      Alex Ingram
      • 9 Months Ago

      I can never stay mad at Flintoff. This is the man who, whilst on a Cricket tour of the West Indies, got completely wasted, rented a pedalo, and had to be rescued because he rode it too far out to sea.

      gregkempson
      • 2 Months Ago

      Stop speeding... ASSHOLE!

      davebo357
      • 9 Months Ago

      Well I came here to make a Back to the Future reference but that's already been taken care of so I'll just agree with others about what a nanny-state the UK is.  It's sad to see my county slowly turning into one too with the amount of new speed cameras we get each year, but at least if you do get nabbed you don't get points on your license.  They're at least very up front about only wanting our money.

      Kuro Houou
      • 9 Months Ago

      Fines should scale exponentially after a certain point, say 250k a year combined salary.  he makes millions and has to pay 750 bucks, seriously? should be fine at least 10k dollars

        Anataxis
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Kuro Houou

        That is ridiculous. The severity of the infraction has nothing to do with his income.

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