TV PUNDIT and ex-football star Alan McInally was forced to travel 400 miles for a court appearance after driving through a red light.
The Sky TV commentator, who lives at Kingsmead in Northwich, was visiting his parents near his home town of Ayr when he was spotted by police.
And on Monday he had to make the 400-mile round trip from his home in Northwich, Cheshire, to the town's sheriff court after being told to appear in person.
The former Ayr United, Celtic, Bayern Munich and Aston Villa player had originally been charged with careless driving, going through the red light and nearly knocking down pedestrians. He tried to plead by letter when his case was called last month but was ordered to make a personal appearance.
And despite an arrangement not to appear in the dock this week, he was yet again ordered to come to court.
McInally, 43, admitted a lesser charge of running the red light and was fined £350 and given three penalty points.
Solicitor Graeme McKinstry said: 'The only thing he took issue with when pleading guilty before was the aggravation involving the pedestrians and that has since been taken out of the charge. He wants to apologise for the inconvenience but he has tried twice to bring matters to a close.'
Outside court, McInally said: 'I was furious when I saw the original charge because the police said that I had almost driven into pedestrians. But if they say that I drove through a red light then I just have to accept that.'