James Rodriguez in trouble with police for speeding at 200kmph
The Columbian star avoided immediate arrest as he was not considered a flight risk owing to his status as a public figure
Real Madrid star James Rodriguez has landed himself in hot water with the police for alleged speeding as he was reported to be caught cruising at over 200 kmph on Friday. It is also understood that Columbian sensation was making his way to Real Madrid’s Valdebebas training facility when the incident occurred.
The saga began when Rodriguez, in his top of the line Audi R8, was en route to the club’s training facility on the M-40 highway travelling well over the permitted speed limit. He happened to race past two police officers on duty which prompted the officials to fall in pursuit with their customary lights and sirens in full flow.
However, those actions by the officials failed to receive any response from the sports car in front as the pursuit continued with Rodriguez believed to have reached speeds of over 200 kmph.
Finally, the chase ended with the star entering the club’s training facility where the cops were halted by the security team of Valdebebas. It was reported that the officials had to flash their badges to enter the premises of the training facility of Real Madrid where they finally caught up with the 24-year-old Columbian midfielder.
Media present at the ground reportedly heard police tell the security team: “We were chasing him at 200km/h on the M-40 [motorway]!"
Rodriguez claims he was unaware of pursuit
Meanwhile, when the officials confronted the officials at Valdebebas, the star pleaded his innocence and claimed that he was totally unaware of any kind of pursuit on his way to the facility. It is believed that he told the officials that he was speeding since he was late to training and he could not hear any sirens as he had the car’s mucic system on top volume.
Considering the star status of the Los Blancos midfielder and him being a prominent public figure, the authorities avoided making an arrest citing that ‘there was no risk of flight’.
The 24-year-old is not the only Real Madrid footballer who found himself in trouble over speeding. French striker Karim Benzema was caught speeding in a restricted area without a license in October 2013. This was his second offense of a similar nature as he was fined $20,000 and had his license cancelled earlier in March.
Rodriguez has made nine appearances for his club so far and has scored thrice. He also has four assists to his name.