Eric Clapton fined for speeding in Porsche, flummoxed when asked for identity proof by cops

Eric Clapton fined for speeding in Porsche, flummoxed when asked for identity proof by cops
Eric Clapton performs on stage during the 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival at Madison Square Garden on April 12, 2013 in New York City.

Sussex Police has charged the legendary 77-year-old guitarist, Eric Clapton, for failing to provide his identity proof when he was stopped in his Porsche for speeding.

Even though this charge was withdrawn this week with no further details given, it seems like the officers who pulled Eric Clapton over weren't fans of the legendary guitarist. 


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After pleading guilty on Thursday, June 30, to a separate speeding offense at Brighton Magistrates’ Court, Clapton was handed three penalty points on his license. This was for when the musician was caught driving at more than 60mph on the A24 in West Grinstead, West Sussex, on October 28 last year, and received a ticket in the post. 

The world-class singer who is estimated to have a £190million fortune – was fined £146 ($177) and ordered to pay a £34 ($41) victim surcharge and £90 ($109), in court costs, for all his traffic violations. Subsequently, Clapton was also charged with failing to provide his identity documents to a police officer on February 1 at a location in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex. 

Eric Clapton performs on stage during Music For The Marsden 2020 at The O2 Arena on March 03, 2020 in London, England.

Though Clapton was charged with having "failed to give information relating to the identification of the driver of a vehicle," the circumstances of this second alleged offence, over and above the speeding offence, remained unclear last night. The October speeding charge was also decided by a magistrate under the ‘single justice procedure’. The guitarist, popularly known as 'Slowhand', was spared from having to attend court. Representatives for Clapton did not respond to requests for comment last night. Clapton was also caught on camera after being pulled over by police in his Porsche at a Little Chef restaurant in the year 2016. Eric Patrick Clapton, born on  30 March in the year 1945 is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time.

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