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Thursday, September 27, 2012
Santos given 12-month driving ban

ESPN staff

Andre Santos has been banned from driving for 12 months after he admitted speeding at up to 145mph.

Hendon Magistrates' Court, in North-West London, was told that Santos, 29, had failed to stop when pursued by police, weaving between lanes on a busy motorway on the morning of August 17.

The court heard that the Arsenal defender evaded officers in his black Maserati on the A1 and M25 in Hertfordshire before being pulled over and arrested close to the Gunners' training ground.

The court heard that two police officers had seen Brazil international Santos' car accelerating at high speeds after passing a speed camera on the A41 at around 9.15am.

Inder Gohlar, prosecuting, said the defender failed to stop when the officers switched on their siren and pursued him and then drove on to the A1 dual carriageway. It was estimated that Santos was travelling at between 135mph-145mph - double the 70mph limit.

Santos then drove on to the M25, forcing some drivers to brake quickly to avoid collisions as he moved between lanes.

The court heard he eventually pulled over close to Arsenal's training ground, where he told the officers that he had been driving quickly because he was late for training.

He then claimed he had been unaware that his car was being pursued because he was playing music loudly.

In a statement given to police after his arrest, Santos said: "My music was on loud, and I was not paying attention. I apologise to the police and for the trouble I've caused."

Santos, of Barnet, North London, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention. He was also ordered to pay 3,600 in fines and costs.

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