Is it wheel Young?

Star in driv­ing seat while still serv­ing six-month ban

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Watts The Goss - EX­CLU­SIVE BY HALINA WATTS Show­biz Ed­i­tor [email protected]­ple.co.uk

WILL Young is pic­tured be­hind the wheel of his 4x4 dur­ing a six-month driv­ing ban.

The pop star, 39, was taken off the roads on May 28 af­ter crash­ing into a parked car in a lay-by and can­not drive un­til Novem­ber 28.

But our im­age, taken on Novem­ber 15, ap­pears to show the for­mer Pop Idol winner re­vers­ing his car while out in Lon­don.

Will was driv­ing on the A68 when the smash hap­pened near Earl­ston, in Scot­land, on Jan­uary 21.

A man had to jump clear as the star’s mo­tor crashed into a parked ve­hi­cle.

Selkirk Sher­iff Court heard the en­ter­tainer had slammed on his brakes to avoid hit­ting the man and lost con­trol of his Mercedes G-Class.

His 4x4 was dam­aged but he wrote off the Nis­san it hit.

Young’s so­lic­i­tor said he had thought bol­lards mark­ing the en­try to the lay-by were in fact the road’s cen­tral reser­va­tion. The court was told the singer had been “ex­tremely apolo­getic” for his “mo­men­tary loss of con­trol” and shel­tered the man from the cold in his car be­fore call­ing the po­lice.

Young – whose hits in­clude Light My Fire and Ev­er­green – ad­mit­ted driv­ing with­out due care as well as driv­ing at ex­ces­sive speed for the weather con­di­tions and en­ter­ing a lay-by.

The star al­ready had 11 points on his li­cence as well as a drinkdriv­ing con­vic­tion from 1998.

In ad­di­tion to giv­ing the ban, Sher­iff J Euan Edment put five penalty points on his li­cence.

Sher­iff Edment said: “I un­der­stand it’s been a mo­men­tary lapse in con­cen­tra­tion. To your credit you pled guilty from the out­set.

“You took the man into your car – dealt with in a very hon­ourable and re­spon­si­ble man­ner.”

Young was un­avail­able for com­ment last night.

To your credit you pled guilty from the out­set

SHER­IFF EDMENT

SEN­TENC­ING YOUNG

CURBED Star in the driv­ing seat of 4x4

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