Rangers’ James Tavernier ‘feels vindicated’ after he is cleared of unsafe driving

RANGERS captain James Tavernier claimed he feels vindicated after he was cleared today of perilous driving.

James Tavernier, 31, advised a demo at Glasgow Sheriff Court docket that he was handled “unfairly” by law enforcement officers on April 21, 2021.

Tavernier was stopped by two constables who experienced followed the defender and teammate Jack Simpson, 25, from Crow Highway and Anniesland Road in the city’s west end to Canniesburn Toll in Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire.

They claimed that he was likely at “excessive speed” and one officer stated to the trial that the players ended up “racing” each and every other.

Tavernier, of Strathblane, denied the one demand proclaiming that he conducts himself to “set an case in point on and off the pitch.”

He was identified not guilty by Sheriff Kevin McCarron.

Simpson pled guilty in Could 2022 to careless driving for his aspect in the incident and was fined £920 and specified 5 penalty details.

Subsequent the conclusion of the demo, Tavernier’s law firm Aamer Anwar gave a statement.

He explained: “Mr Tavernier feels entirely vindicated, he could have taken the uncomplicated alternative when he was available a mounted penalty but he constantly preserved his innocence and considered he did almost nothing wrong.

“As much as he is worried that is the subject now in excess of and he is grateful to his authorized workforce.”

The courtroom heard from Tavernier who stated in his proof that he was driving residence from Ibrox soon after a match.

He explained that he was at a set of lights beside teammate Simpson and in front of ex-manager Steven Gerrard.

John Scullion KC, defending, questioned Tavernier how soccer gamers are expected to act in front of their supervisor.

He replied: “With respect and conduct your self in a very good way.”

Mr Scullion: “Does that lengthen to the way you travel?”

Tavernier: “It can be the way of lifestyle on and off the pitch is to established an illustration.”

Tavernier said that the 1st set of lights to were being red when he came to a halt approaching Anniesland Cross.

The Gers skipper denied listening to or looking at sirens or blue lights.

Mr Scullion requested what he would have finished if he experienced.

He replied: “Slowed down and moved to permit everyone on the outside the house lane come in.”

Tavernier said that he afterwards passed a law enforcement van which “did not react” to his way of driving.

He then claimed that he approached a roundabout at Canniesburn Toll a various law enforcement automobile pulled in entrance of him.

Tavernier said: “As I went to the roundabout blue lights came on and I was stopped likely via it.”

He stated he was approached by Computer system Ross Birrell who instructed him that it took him driving in excessive of 80 miles per hour to capture up with the Gers star.

Tavernier mentioned: “I asked if he had dash cam footage checking on my pace.

“I reported ‘it’s not reasonable you are declaring I am rushing when I wasn’t’.

“I mentioned ‘it was my phrase from your word’ and he stated ‘yes’.”

Tavernier stated that he refused the careless driving mounted penalty of £100 and 3 details.

He additional: “I failed to assume it was good, I thought I was not dashing – I have been driving for 13 several years and had no details – I imagine I am protected on the highway.

“What he was stating – it doesn’t truly feel truthful.”

Prosecutor Gail Campbell asked if Tavernier thought the police officers ended up lying.

He replied: “My evidence is I was not speeding at all.”

Personal computer Birrell earlier instructed the court that he could hear Tavernier and Simpson’s engine revving approaching the purple mild.

He extra that the automobiles “revved harshly” at two sets of site visitors lights which modified to eco-friendly.

It was said that the automobiles drove off on a straight extend of highway and that the officer was likely at 80 miles for each hour to try and capture up with them.

He added that each Simpson and Tavernier’s automobiles were being likely in “convoy or tandem” with every single other.

The officer more admitted that he did not have dashcam footage of the incident.

Computer system Mark Ross also claimed the pair have been heading “in tandem” and when questioned what he intended he replied: “Racing 1 an additional.”

Sheriff Kevin McCarron stated: “I have to make a decision irrespective of whether I’m glad further than sensible doubt that you have traveled at pace in excess of the roadway.

“I have to do that in the information that two of the officers gave only opposing info as to the velocity you were being traveling at.

“I am getting asked to draw inference from that, that you have traveled at pace.

“In the absence of the information and facts of the speed you were being carrying out at that level then I can’t guess what speed you were being touring at based on the velocity a person suggests they had been doing.

“There had been other facets of inconsistencies in the officers’ proof…and these inconsistencies in me cause for hesitation and a reasonable doubt of the full functions that night.

“These are situation in which I want to give you gain of the question and I obtain you not guilty.”

Tavernier replied: “Thank you.”

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