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Cole facing road ban for 170kph chase in supercar

England footballer Ashley Cole is to be sentenced for driving at more than 100mph in a 50mph zone.

The Chelsea star claimed he was being chased by paparazzi when a speed gun recorded him driving his black Lamborghini Gallardo at 104mph (170kph).

Magistrates warned he could now be banned from driving.



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Cole, who is married to singer and presenter Cheryl Cole, was on the A3 in Kingston, Surrey, when he was clocked speeding.

Though he denied the charge, chairwoman Judith Jewell said magistrates were "convinced enough" by the evidence.

"Our reasons are that we feel that the evidence of the police officer was credible and we feel entitled to believe that the equipment was operating properly," she said at Kingston Magistrates' Court.

Describing the events of November 17, 2008, Richard Lomax, prosecuting, said: "The defendant was stopped and spoken to.

"The words he said at the time, when it became plain that somebody was pointing a speed camera at him, were, 'Can't you do anything about those idiots who keep chasing me?'"

He added: "It cannot be a defence to the offence of speeding that one is trying to get away in the circumstances of members of the press showing excessive attention."

Cole's barrister, Katherine Hodson, had attempted to get her client off the charge on a legal "technicality", but was unsuccessful.

The footballer (29), of Godalming, Surrey, did not attend court for his trial but is expected to be present for sentencing today.