From spin king to speed demon: Shane Warne charged in Scotland

Shane Warne may be the spin king but now he faces claims of being a speed king.

The champion cricketer, who last month helped launch a road-safety campaign, could lose his licence after he was charged for speeding at 165km/h while in Scotland in September.

Scotland's Herald has reported Warne is alleged to have driven his Jaguar XFR V8 at 53km/h over the speed limit near the town of Dumfries on September 17.

If he is convicted at the Dumfries Sheriff Court, he could lose his licence.

Court documents have stated: "On 17 September 2012, on the A74 Glasgow to Carlisle northbound carriageway ... you Shane Keith Warne did drive a motor vehicle at a speed which exceeded the 70mp/h maximum at a speed of 103mp/h, contrary to the motorways traffic speed limit regulations 1974."

It is not known if Warne, 43, was travelling with partner Liz Hurley at the time.

His manager James Erskine did not return calls on Saturday.

Warne last month fronted the launch of the Transport Accident Commission's Homesafely initiative, representing his Twenty20 side the Melbourne Stars alongside Melbourne Renegades skipper Aaron Finch.

The TAC has a partnership with the two teams, but not individually with Warne.

A TAC spokeswoman said Warne's speeding charge would not impact on this partnership.

"We expect all Victorians to use the road sensibly and obey the rules of the road wherever they are," she said on Saturday.

"But it doesn't have an impact on our relationship with Shane. We have a partnership with the teams, with the Stars and the Renegades."

The TAC had been forced to defend using Warne, who was not paid, to promote the road-safety campaign, as he had been involved in an alleged road-rage incident with a cyclist last year.

Cyclists had voiced their concern with Warne's role in the campaign because of his run-in with cyclist Mathew Hollingsworth during peak hour.

Mr Hollingsworth had wanted $1500 in damages, claiming Warne was at fault.

Warne had said on Twitter that a cyclist had hit his car, thumped the bonnet, abused him and was "being very dangerous".

Mr Hollingsworth said Warne had "lurched his car forward, forcing my bike wheel and almost my leg under the front of his car". He later dropped his claim.

The story From spin king to speed demon: Shane Warne charged in Scotland first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.

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