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Irvine still wanted by English police

Former Formula One driver Eddie Irvine was this week once again found guilty for driving offences, but the Ulsterman has a bigger problem than a mere fine to pay: there is still an arrest warrant against him in England.

Irvine was found guilty in December 2003 for driving too fast - and without a license or insurance - on a scooter in London's Hyde Park. The former Jaguar Racing driver did not show up in court for his hearing, and in his absence the judge issued an arrest warrant against him.

This week, in a bit of a deja vu, the Ulsterman was found guilty in a Belfast court and was fined 700 GBP ($1,000 USD) along with eight penalty points for speeding and driving without insurance (this time in a BMW M3).

And according to the Belfast Telegraph, it has emerged Irvine is still a wanted man in England.

A spokeswoman for Bow Street Magistrates court told the newspaper: "The warrant remains outstanding and will until he either surrenders or is arrested."

The newspaper further quotes the London metropolitan police, who said Irvine is not being actively pursued but the warrant could be enforced should Irvine return to England.

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