A man’s quest for justice is drawing criticism after he’s spent close to $37,000 to fight a $120 speeding ticket including spending his sons inheritance.
A retired engineer in the United Kingdom spent nearly $40,000 — including a chunk of his sons’ inheritance money — to fight a speeding ticket from 2016.
Richard Keedwell, 71, told the BBC he was fined after he was found driving 35 mph in a 30 mph zone in 2016.
“I really could not believe that I had been speeding,” he said to the BBC Monday. It made a simple day out turn very sour, actually.”
Keedwell, who lives in Yate, a town about 100 miles west of London, has appeared in lower court four times and unsuccessfully appealed to the Crown Court, arguing that there was a “flawed reading” by the speeding cam, reported Yahoo! News.
A spokesman with the Crown Prosecution Service said in a statement to USA TODAY that Keedwell’s case was “complicated” with “a number of different issues which needed careful consideration.”
Keedwell spent over $37,000 on lawyers, court fees and travel costs, including money from his three sons’ inheritance fund, fighting the charge, to no avail.
“The eldest thinks I’m mad,” he told Yahoo! News. “He asked: ‘Why are you doing this, why are you bothering?'”
He plans to continue fighting the case as long as his lawyers advise it, but warns anyone else with a similar case: “Don’t bother.”
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