James Rodriguez 'didn't stop for police in 200kmh car chase as his music was too loud'
James Rodriguez was involved in a police chase after he was clocked leading officers to Real Madrid’s Valdebebas training complex at over 200km/h (125mph).
Real Madrid's Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF vs Real Betis Balompie at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on August 29, 2015.
The Spanish press cite confirmations from police sources that two officers in an unmarked vehicle chased James under the Public Safety Act for a “serious breach of disobedience”, the extent of which will be determined by the capital’s government office.
The National Police will also notify the court and prosecutors to decide whether there are grounds that the midfielder committed a crime against road safety.
A report in El Pais claims that police assumed that the card had been stolen, due to the speed that it was being driven at.
Marca claims that the Colombia international has apparently now claimed that he was going so quickly because he was late for training, did not see the police car, and didn't hear the sirens since he had his music on at full blast.
According to newspaper sources, the player’s Audi R8 was detected overtaking a car down the left lane of the M40 ring road at around 16:45 GMT on Friday.
The officers then activated the sirens and lights in their car and thus began the chase, which exceeded 200 km/h, twice the road’s speed limit.
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The chase lasted over six kilometres and roughly 15 minutes, before it ended at Ciudad Real Madrid in Valdebebas, where contact was made with the site’s head of security.
Police then cautioned him but did not arrest him for both his reasoning and status as a public figure who was not deemed a flight risk.