Happy Mondays star Bez handed fine for ‘driving carelessly’ at 90mph

He told police he sped up to "get away" as he thought he was being followed by "some kind of weirdo".

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 27th September 2022

Happy Mondays star has been convicted and handed a fine after being caught driving carelessly on a motorway earlier this year.

Bez – real name Mark Berry, who is famed for being the maraca-shaking dancer in legendary Manc rock band Happy Mondays – appeared in court yesterday after he was caught cutting across an unmarked police car in his Bentley Continental on 3 January 2022.

The Crown Prosecution Service told the court that the 58-year-old was witnessed the dangerously undertaking other cars and driving at excessive speeds through speed restricted roadworks.

The Salford-born dancer then cut across all three lanes of the motorway, in front of a white van, to leave the motorway at junction five.

At this point, he was travelling at around 85 to 90mph.


Magistrates in Warrington heard that police officers followed Mr Berry for 13 minutes, before he was arrested after leaving the M56 at Junction 5 near Manchester Airport.

He told police he had sped up to “get away” as he thought he was being followed by “some kind of weirdo”.


Following the incident, Bez was found guilty of driving without due care and attention at Warrington Magistrates’ Court yesterday, and was subsequently fined £1,009 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £101, as well as costs of £400 – with three points also added to his licence.

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Following the hearing, senior district crown prosecutor Neil Colville, of CPS Mersey-Cheshire, said: “Berry was driving recklessly on that night without any thought for the other drivers on the road and it is lucky that someone was not hurt as he was driving at speed and carelessly.

“The fact that he cut across a car that was being driven by a police officer is fortuitous. That led them to follow him and stop him before he could cause any more issues. He has denied his wrongdoing until the end, but has now been found guilty. Some people think the laws of the land do not apply to them.


“Speed limits and road regulations are there to protect us all, and Mark Berry chose to ignore them.

“He has been found guilty and has only himself to blame.”

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