A PROFESSIONAL footballer was caught driving along the M55 motorway at speeds of up to 115mph.
Former Blackpool FC player Miguel Llera-Garzon , now a defender for Sheffield Wednesday, told the bench it was his first offence when he appeared at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.
The footballer added his father and brother had been police officers in Spain and it had caused him great shame and embarrassment to appear in court.
Llera-Garzon, a 32-year-old father-of-two, formerly of Cardinal Gardens, St Annes, now living in Sheffield, pleaded guilty to speeding.
Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said police saw the defendant’s Chrysler 300 speeding on the M55 at Wesham, at 2.59pm on December 1 last year. Police followed him for 2.4 miles, during which his speed varied between 105mph and 115mph.
Llera-Garzon told the court via a Spanish interpreter that at the time he was living in both St Annes and Sheffield and driving between the two each day.
His wife was pregnant and he was organising the move from one house to another.
He added: “I had a brief lack of concentration. I did not put anyone in danger. I would ask the court not to disqualify me. My family depends on my earnings.”
He was fined £650 with £50 costs and ordered to pay a £15 victims’ charge by Blackpool magistrates who said they had decided not to ban him from driving, but put six motoring penalty points on his licence instead.