Don Mclean fined for driving his Chrysler too fast

By on Jan 25, 2013 in Entertainment, United States Comments

Legendary singer Don Mclean was fined for driving his car too fast in Rockport, Maine. And yes, it was not the Chevy car he mentioned in his iconic song “American Pie” he was caught for over speeding, but rather his Chrysler. A local court imposed a fine of $400 Mcleanon Thursday, January 24, 2013, which he paid voluntarily.

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Don McLean, at the 2012 Macy’s
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As noted at Bangor Daily News, a newspaper that covers a large portion of rural Maine, that day, Don Mclean was driving his Chrysler on September 7, 2012 on Route 90, near Camden Hills Regional High School, when Rockport Police Officer Craig Cooley asked him to pull over, saying that he was driving too fast.

Officer Cooley reportedly said that Mclean, 67, was traveling at 43 miles per hour on the school zone despite the flashing yellow lights were already on. Based on traffic rules, a driver should reduce his speed to 15 miles per hour in the school zone if he sees that the flashing yellow lights are on.

However, McLean said the traffic lights were not flashing that time; and a witness told the court that the lights began to flash at 7:10 a.m., but Cooley stopped the singer at 7:40 a.m. The police officer also said that the weather condition that time was fine, but the “Vincent” singer said it was foggy.

During the Thursday’s trial in front of Judge Patricia Worth, Don Mclean, through his lawyer Paul Gibbons, contested Cooley‘s claim but lost. However, the judge allowed him to pay only $400 instead of the original fine of $515. This is after Gibbons cited that his client was stopped after the school zone time has already ended.

Among the other songs that Don Mclean is known for include the 1970 classic song “And I Love You So” which was later covered by Perry Como, Helen Reddy, Shirley Bassey, Glen Campbell, Engelbert Humperdinck, and Elvis Presley. McLean was inaugurated into the Songwriters Hall of Fame back in 2004.

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