Eileen Metcalfe from Teeside tried to escape speeding ticket with an unfathomable lie, she blamed a dead man. She returned forms to authorities stating that her deceased friend, D
Police followed up on the information provided by Metcalfe, but became suspicious when the speeding ticket sent to Mr Hughes’ address was returned by the new tenant. Eileen Metcalf then claimed that the dead man's commemorative urn order form and the speeding ticket form got mixed up. Recorder Graeme Cook, the judge presiding, indicated to Metcalfe that she would not be locked up if she pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice. She duly obliged
The Judges compassion later dwindled and he said he ‘felt like changing his mind.’after he was made privy to the Probation Service report, in which Metcalfe initially admitted that it had been a prank, saying she thought Mr Hughes’ family would “find it funny”. Mr Hughes died suddenly at the age of 26 in 2009.
This is not the first time we’ve heard of people shifting the blame to someone else after being caught speeding. No one will forget the highly-publicised scandal after politician Chris Huhne's ill-conceived decision to get his wife, Vicky Pryce, to claim responsibility for speeding, a move which later landed them both in jail.
avid Hughes, had been driving the vehicle at the time of the offence. She was captured doing 36mph in a 30mph zone by a speed camera near her home and due to the fact that she already had 9 points on her licence she was facing a total ban.
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