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Posted by Boghound on August 17, 2010

Motorist caught speeding at 103mph – blames dyslexia

In doing so he joins the elite ranks of bizarre excuse-givers, which includes Sir Alex Ferguson, who famously blamed Manchester United’s grey kit for losing 6-3 to Southampton, and various train companies for the perennial ‘leaves on the line’ spin.

His excuse is made to look all the sillier after witnesses described him weaving in and out of traffic on the A27 between Falmer and Hollingbury in East Sussex, while smoking a cigarette and gesticulating wildly at other drivers.

The 40-year-old’s handling of his vehicle was so erratic that a concerned motorist dialled 999. He was eventually pull over by traffic police.

At Hove Crown Court, prosecutor John Marsden Lynch said: ‘He told the police officer that he did not understand the speed dial because he was suffering from dyslexia.’

On Friday Recorder Christopher Morris-Coole said he was ‘sceptical’ about Cook’s explanation.

Cook, who is terminally ill, admitted a count of dangerous driving and has been banned for three years.


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