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Christie hit with driving ban and £5,000 fine

FINE: Linford Christie

FORMER SPRINT champion Linford Christie has been banned from driving and been hit with a £5,000 fine after crashing head on with a taxi whilst driving on the wrong side of the road.

Christie, 51, was found not guilty of dangerous driving, but was told to stay off the road for 15 months at Aylesbury Crown Court earlier today (July 21).

The sprinter, who had recently been driving in the US, thought the taxi was on the wrong side of the road.

He is said to have been out to buy some milk in his Audi and was heading back to the house along the unlit A413 when the crash happened shortly after 11pm in May 2010.

The jury heard that newly-wed Claire Lloyd-Ashton and her husband Peter Ashton had to be helped from the taxi when the collision happened in May 2010.

The court also heard he told a police officer at the scene in Chalfont St Peter: "I saw lights and bang."

The ex 100m Olympic champion crawled out of the window of his smashed Audi A8 thinking it was about to blow up

"I smelt this funny smell and thought, if I don't get out I'm going to die."
Giving evidence, Mr Christie said he had just split up with his girlfriend of 26 years and was in the process of moving out of their home in Gerrards Cross.
He had set out to buy some milk in his Audi and was heading back to the house.
"I saw the lights on the car in front of me. I thought he was on the wrong side of the road," Mr Christie told the court.
"Then I realised it was me. I tried to turn."

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