Comedian Steve Coogan has been found not guilty of a driving offence after it
emerged a friend was behind the wheel of his car when it was caught speeding in
The 46-year-old comic told a court it had "slipped my mind" that his friend
was driving the Range Rover when it was flashed doing 39mph in a 30mph zone.
Brighton Magistrates' Court heard he was busy with TV and film work at the time
as well as involved in suing News International and preparing for the Leveson
The Range Rover was caught speeding on the A259 at Kingsway in Hove just before
11.30am on October 12 last year.
Coogan, famed for his alter ego Alan Partridge, told magistrates that he loaned
vehicles out to friends, family and colleagues on a pool basis, and could not
remember who he had loaned the Range Rover to until months later.
The comedian, dressed in a blue suit and tie, said that at the time of the
speeding offence he was on the telephone to the Guardian newspaper dictating an
article and had later made stringent efforts to find out who was the driver.
Prosecutors dropped the speeding charge against him and magistrates cleared him
of failing to notify police about who was driving after saying the case against
him had not been proved beyond reasonable doubt.