West Ham star Manuel Lanzini AVOIDS a driving ban after being stopped in his £73k porsche with no licence or insurance, as the Argentine is fined £1,735… just weeks after surviving a car crash in a Mercedes
- West Ham star Manuel Lanzini dodged a driving ban after being stopped with no licence or insurance during a trip to the chemist
- Lanzini was driving in £73k Porsche Cheyenne to pick up medicine for his wife
- The Argentine was instead fined £1,735 with six points put on his licence
- Lanzini has an Argentinian driver’s licence but has not swapped it for a UK one
- He survived a dramatic car crash this month after his Mercedes overturned
West Ham footballer Manuel Lanzini has dodged a driving ban after being stopped by police in his £73,000 Porsche Cheyenne without a licence or insurance.
The Argentine – who earns around £3.5million a year with the East London team – was instead issued a fine of £1,735 – with six points added to his licence – after being caught behind the wheel on January 27 in Aldgate on his way to the chemist.
The 29-year-old – who was driving to pick up medicine for his wife – waved his invalid Argentinian licence at police and admitted he knew he should not be on the road.
Lanzini blamed the pandemic when asked why he was yet to exchange the Argentinian licence for a British one.
He admitted having no licence or insurance in a written plea using the little-known Single Justice Procedure, which allows people accused of minor offences to enter pleas remotely – meaning he did not have to attend the 20-minute hearing at the City of London Magistrates Court on April 12.
In mitigation, Lanzini’s lawyer Mark Haslam told the court: ‘The defendant has an Argentinian driving licence which is still a valid document on the face of it.
West Ham star Manuel Lanzini has avoided a driving ban after being stopped without a licence or insurance in January
‘However, he has to exchange that document with a British licence if he has been in the UK for a certain amount of time. He should, as he freely admitted to the officer, taken steps to exchange his licence for a British one.
‘The court will be aware that the DVLA has not covered itself in glory during the pandemic and many people put off their application for a licence.
‘When he was stopped by the officer he was frank with them and accepted that was the position. Because he did not have a licence he was not capable of being covered by the insurance.
‘On this occasion his wife had been taken ill. He took the decision to drive a very short distance to the pharmacy to get medication for her. It was a very short journey and an error of judgement.
The Argentine was instead fined £1,735 and given six penalty points after his decision to drive to the chemist to pick up medicine for his wife
‘This was a heat of the moment decision; he should have taken a taxi or walked but chose to make the journey himself. It was a very short distance and he has pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.
‘He does not need to complete a means form. He is a wealthy man, but I am not going to give the bench a clue as to how wealthy.’
Magistrate Dr Lynne Gailey ordered Lanzini to pay a £1,500 fine, £85 court costs and a £150 victim surcharge. Six points were added to his licence.
Lanzini has already faced a string of driving offences since joining West Ham in 2015 – initially on loan before a £9million transfer – including speeding and driving without insurance.
He was banned from the road in August 2020 by Southend magistrates after racking up 12 points on his licence for speeding, the court was told.
Lanzini survived a huge car crash earlier this month when his Mercedes flipped over the A12
The news of Lanzini’s offence in January comes just weeks after he survived a horrific car crash when he was a passenger in a £170,000 Mercedes.
Lanzini was being driven in the car by a chauffeur when it flipped over the A12 on March 31 and landed on its side, leaving onlookers shocked and fearing the worst.
However, the player emerged unscathed from the accident before assuring his followers on Instagram that was OK despite the ‘big scare’.
‘Hello people, I wanted to thank everyone for the messages of support and affection on this day, they did me a lot of good since it was a very big scare, but thank God, as far as the accident was, everything went well. Thank you very much. I want to thank you for all the messages you sent me of love and support.’
Lanzini assured fans he was fit and healthy after walking away from the crash unscathed
His partner Jennifer Reina gave birth to his second child earlier this year in January
Footage from the wreckage showed two fire engines arriving on the scene, with Lanzini checked for injuries before being taken to West Ham’s training ground.
His manager David Moyes deemed him fine to start their last Premier League match – a 2-0 loss to Brighton last Saturday.
Lanzini – who joined West Ham on loan from Al Jazira Club in 2015-16 before making the move permanent – has made 193 appearances for the east London side, scoring 28 goals.
He has also played for his country five times, with his last appearance for the Albicelestes coming in 2019.
His only goal for Argentina came in a 2-0 win in a friendly against Italy at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium in March 2018.