Sunday 22 October 2017

Nose-blowing motorist avoids court

A man who refused to pay a fine for blowing his nose while stopped in traffic will face no further action
A man who refused to pay a fine for blowing his nose while stopped in traffic will face no further action

A man who refused to pay a fine for blowing his nose while stopped in traffic will face no further action, his lawyer said.

Father-of-two Michael Mancini faced a court appearance after he failed to pay a fine for wiping his nose behind the wheel.

He said he was in nose-to-tail traffic and had put the handbrake on before reaching for his tissue. But he was asked to pull over by officers who were standing nearby.

He was told he was not in control of his vehicle and was handed a £60 fixed penalty and three points on his licence.

Mr Mancini, who lives in Prestwick, Ayrshire, was fined on October 26 in the High Street in Ayr but did not pay.

He was told that if the penalty was not paid, the case would go to court.

His lawyer, Peter Lockhart, said that he had received a letter from the District Procurator Fiscal saying that the matter would be taken no further.

It read: "After further investigation and careful consideration of all the facts, I have decided that there will be no further action."

Mr Lockhart said his client was "delighted" at the news. "I am absolutely delighted for him and think it is a very sensible outcome," he said.

A Crown Office spokesman said: "After further inquiry and careful consideration of all the facts and circumstances of this case, the Procurator Fiscal has decided that no further action is required."

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