Jermain Defoe suffered a short spell in chokey this morning after being pulled over by officers in Loughton, Essex — but unlike recent episodes when Ashley Cole and Carlton Cole found themselves at Her Maj's pleasure through their own misadventure, Defoe's incarceration was the result of a police cock-up. The arresting officers accused him of driving while disqualified, ignoring his protests that a six-month driving ban had been overruled. He was taken to Harlow police station at 2.30am, before being released at 9am this morning after police confirmed that he had been wrongfully detained. Defoe is considering sueing the force, and claims that even after the mistake had been realised, officers remained unmoved and refused to return his car keys. Harlow police, for their part, have blamed the national police database, providing another useful anecdote for those who believe our creeping move to a database-stored society might throw up more problems than it solves.
Spurs Star Does Brief Bid In Jail
Last Updated 27 July 2009