Ivan Campo caught in the dark!
DEPARTING Ipswich Town defender Ivan Campo has fallen foul of the law after being booked by police outside the club's ground.The �10,000-a-week former Spain international has been fined �60 by magistrates after an officer spotted the tinted windows on his BMW X5 were illegal.
DEPARTING Ipswich Town defender Ivan Campo has fallen foul of the law after being booked by police outside the club's ground.
The �10,000-a-week former Spain international has been fined �60 by magistrates after an officer spotted the tinted windows on his BMW X5 were illegal.
The X5, one of a series which cost anywhere between �40,000 and �54,000 from new, was pulled over in Portman Road.
Due the nature of the offence Campo, whose address was listed as Coprolite Street, Ipswich, did not have to appear at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court in person.
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Instead, he chose to plead guilty by post - ironically during a week when Suffolk police declared an amnesty on tinted windows.
Campo admitted an offence of 'using a motor vehicle when the driver's and front passenger' windows were not maintained in such a condition that the vision of the driver was not obscured while the vehicle was being driven on the road.'
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The court also ordered Campo, whose case appeared under his full name of Ivan Campo Ramos, to pay �46 costs and a �15 victim surcharge following the offence on November 21 last year.
Although still contracted to Ipswich until the end of June, Campo was told he would be released by Town manager Roy Keane last month after making a total of 20 appearances for the club.
Capped four times by Spain, he joined Ipswich last August on a free transfer following five seasons with Bolton Wanderers.
Before coming to England, Campo spent four years at Real Madrid where he won a Champions League medal in 2000 and Spain's version of the Premier League, La Liga, in 2001.
On Monday police launched their amnesty on tinted windows which offers motorists the chance to find out whether theirs are legal without the risk of prosecution.
Drivers will be given the chance to check the amount of light that passes through their vehicle's windows, at their home addresses until June 22 without fear of prosecution.
Anyone with a non-standard tint on their glass is urged to take advantage of the free checks.
The legal requirement states a driver is required to have a certain amount of light allowed through the windows in order to see the road and surroundings.
Legal levels are a minimum 75 per cent actual visible light transmission (AVLT) for the windscreen and 70pc for the side front door windows.
For more information about the amnesty, telephone 01473 613730.