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Boonen punished for driving offences

By:
Susan Westemeyer, with additional reporting from Monika Prell in Wiesloch
Published:
September 02, 2008, 0:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 21:48 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, September 2, 2008

Despite winning a Vuelta a España stage, Tom Boonen's day wasn't all roses yesterday. The Belgian...

Despite winning a Vuelta a España stage, Tom Boonen's day wasn't all roses yesterday. The Belgian was given two fines and a total of two months loss of licence for two speeding offences and driving whist under the influence of alcohol, relating to incidences which occurred earlier in the year, according to Sporza.be.

The first case relates to an incident on April 24 where he was clocked doing 129 km/h in a 70 km/h zone. The report claims Boonen did not deny speeding and that he was aware of his error. He received a 412.50 euro fine and 31 day licence suspension.

The second offence occurred several weeks later. The report claims he was travelling 180 km/h in a 90 km/h zone when the police clocked him on the ring road around Mol, Belgium on June 3. In addition to holding his mobile phone while driving, Boonen allegedly returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.75, the result of four glasses of champagne he had drunk earlier in the evening.

He received a fine of 1100 euro and 31 days suspension of his licence for the second offence.

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