Frank Lampard escapes charge for driving Mercedes ‘while using phone' after ex-Chelsea ace hires ‘Mr Loophole' lawyer

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Frank Lampard escapes charge for driving Mercedes ‘while using phone’ after ex-Chelsea ace hires ‘Mr Loophole’ lawyer

EX-ENGLAND ace Frank Lampard has had his charges dropped after allegedly driving while using his phone and sipping a coffee.

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Chelsea legend Lampard was filmed behind the wheel of his Mercedes 4×4 in Kensington, West London, by a cyclist.

Frank Lampard escapes charge for driving Mercedes ‘while using phone’ after ex-Chelsea ace hires ‘Mr Loophole’ lawyer

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Lampard was accused of driving while using his phone Credit: The Mega Agency

Frank Lampard escapes charge for driving Mercedes ‘while using phone’ after ex-Chelsea ace hires ‘Mr Loophole’ lawyer

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The CPS has now thrown out his case just days before it was meant to be heard Credit: Getty

Mike van Erp, 49, spotted the midfielder, 43, steering the car with his wrist as his phone was in his hand in April last year.

He sent the footage off to the Metropolitan Police, who revealed that Lampard was offered a fixed penalty fine but failed to pay it.

The ex-Chelsea manager was later charged with “using a handheld mobile phone/device while driving a motor vehicle on a road”.

But Lampard denied the offence and hired Nick Freeman, a lawyer known as 'Mr Loophole', to defend him in court.

The CPS has now confirmed they’ve shelved the case just days before it was due to go to trial due to “insufficient evidence”.

Mike, who was told he would no longer be needed as a witness, was left furious by the decision.

He said: “I think he’s gotten off scot-free.”

Lampard's case had been due to be heard at City of London Magistrates’ Court this morning, but the CPS dropped the charges on Friday.

Mike, who calls himself a cycling activist and has 64,700 subscribers, uses helmet-mounted GoPro footage to bust motorists he accuses of breaking road traffic laws.

His highest profile snag was Guy Ritchie, who was banned from driving for six months in summer 2020.

He also caught former boxer Chris Eubank running a red light in Hyde Park in his gold Rolls-Royce.

The champion fighter was handed three penalty points and ordered to pay £280 in costs after admitting to failing to comply with the indication given by a traffic sign. 

Mike claims to have shopped more than 350 drivers breaking the law last year alone, and says he was responsible for 574 points and £35,400 dished out in fines.

Lawyer Mr Freeman earned his nickname after making a lucrative career out of finding technical faults with driving charges for high-profile clients.

In 2018 he got David Beckham off a speeding fine after pointing out legal papers had been served too late.

And in 2006 he fought for Jeremy Clarkson and saw his speeding case dropped after revealing there was no proof the former Top Gear host was driving a loaned Alfa Romeo snapped doing 82mph in a 50mph zone.

A CPS spokesman said: “After examining a file of evidence submitted by the Metropolitan Police Service, we concluded in accordance with our legal test there was insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction.”

Frank Lampard escapes charge for driving Mercedes ‘while using phone’ after ex-Chelsea ace hires ‘Mr Loophole’ lawyer

Lampard was caught on camera driving his Mercedes with his wrist Credit: Getty

Frank Lampard escapes charge for driving Mercedes ‘while using phone’ after ex-Chelsea ace hires ‘Mr Loophole’ lawyer

Cyclist Mike van Erp believes that the former footballer has gotten off “scot free”

Frank Lampard escapes charge for driving Mercedes ‘while using phone’ after ex-Chelsea ace hires ‘Mr Loophole’ lawyer

He also reportedly had a cup of coffee in his hand while behind the wheel Credit: Getty

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