Maserati-driving Sunderland striker fined for taking a wrong turn in Newcastle

Frazier Campbell on the ball.
Frazier Campbell on the ball.
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BLACK Cats striker Fraizer Campbell made an illegal left turn in his £100,000 sports car then failed to stop when pulled over by police, a court heard.

The 24-year-old, pictured, was travelling through Newcastle city centre in his two-door, convertible Maserati GranCabrio when he drove onto Blackett Street, which runs from Pilgrim Street, past Grey’s Monument.

And despite calls from officers to stop, the footballer – who has been sidelined for the best part of 17 months with two knee injuries – kept going for almost a mile before eventually coming to a halt.

Prosecutor Viv Harper said Campbell, who was not present at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court, had pleaded guilty to both charges by post.

In a statement of mitigation read out to the court, the former Manchester United, Hull and Tottenham Hotspur player, who signed for the Black Cats in 2009, apologised saying he had not realised he could not turn into Blackett Street or that he had to pull over straight away.

Handing down the sentence, chairman of the bench John Carson fined Campbell £500 for failing to comply with an officer, £260 for the illegal left turn and endorsed his previously clean licence with three penalty points.

He was also ordered to pay £30 and a £15 victim surcharge, and given 28 days to pay the £805 total.