One of the country’s best loved magicians, Paul Daniels has been prosecuted for speeding and has blamed his hybrid car for the incident.
According to the Henley Standard, the 75 year old was caught doing 54mph in a 40mph zone in Earley, back in July. In pleading guilty to speeding at Oxford Magistrates’ Court earlier this month, the 75-year-old blamed his Toyota Prius.
“I drive a hybrid car which is so quiet and it’s very easy to go too quick.
“You don’t realise the speed you are going and most of the time I have it on cruise control,” he is reported to have said.
The court fined famous magician £625 and ordered him to pay £65 in costs and a victim surcharge of £62. Appearing in court under his real name of Newton Edward Daniels, he was also given three points on his licence, taking his total to 12, but he avoided a driving ban by telling the magistrate that he needed to be able to drive to care for his elderly mother.
However he admitted that he had done wrong: “I was caught speeding and that’s it. I’ve been driving a very long time with no accidents but the law is the law.”
While Daniels accepts his fine and points, we’re curious to know if anyone else finds it easier to speed in a hybrid. Does the TV favourite have a valid excuse? Or is it just an attempt to avoid harsher punishment? Let us know what you think, by leaving a comment below.