Published Nov 25, 2011Considering the Stone Roses' recent reunion and touring plans, chances are good the Madchester favourites will be hitting the road for much of 2012. The group may want to think long and hard about letting singer Ian Brown take the wheel when their van takes off, though, as the vocalist just received a driving ban in the UK for speeding.
According to Guardian, Brown was caught doing 150 km/h in a 64 km/h zone while driving through Stafford in his Lexus in October 2010, marking his third speeding infraction in four years. After failing to appear in court earlier this month, Brown arrived this week at Stoke-on-Trent Magistrates' Court and initially denied the charge, stating that the speed camera in the area "must be wrong."
He eventually conceded to the charge and pled guilty. His punishment is a three-month driving ban, and he was also fined £900 (roughly $1,470 Canadian) and ordered to pay costs of £1,015 ($1,658). Additionally, Brown could face prison time if he is caught driving under the probation period.
Solicitor Nick Freeman explained that the ban means it will be hard for Brown to see his 11-year-old son in London while the Stone Roses are rehearsing in Manchester, but added that the singer "accepts he should not have been travelling at the speed he was."
Freeman concluded, "He accepts the court's sentence with good grace and is now looking forward with enthusiasm to the next stage of his career."
Could this be a late bit of drama added to Shane Meadows's impending Stone Roses documentary? Only time will tell.