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Driver Fined Over Queen Mum’s Car

August 9, 1999

LONDON (AP) _ A driver who hit the Queen Mother’s official car was fined $1,120 Monday and banned from driving for two years.

Queen Elizabeth II’s 99-year-old mother was not in the Daimler when it was struck on July 4 in Surrey.

Prosecutors said Eamon Reidy had a blood-alcohol level 2 1/2 times the legal limit for driving when his vehicle hit the Daimler. Reidy, 32, sped off before abandoning his vehicle and running across fields where he was spotted by a police helicopter, prosecutors said.

Reidy’s attorney, Lesley Barry, said her client drank two glasses of champagne at his parents’ wedding anniversary lunch and later had three pints of beer at a pub.

She said he was in the process of buying a home and the stress of viewing properties and trying to arrange a mortgage got to him.

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