MADRID'S former regional president Esperanza Aguirre will not be tried for a criminal offence for her having allegedly fled the police after being caught parking in a bus lane.
She could have been facing up to two years in prison for 'serious disobedience', although she would not have to serve this as it was a first offence.Instead, she will face civil trial, which would at worst end in a fine.Esperanza had left her car in a bus lane on the Gran Vía with her four-way hazard lights on when she rushed to a cashpoint when she was caught.Police claimed she got in her car and drove off when they were in the middle of issuing her fine, without permission, and knocked over a police motorbike. ...
Esperanza, who is candidate for mayoress* of Madrid and is still PP chair for the region, may still face a fine for driving off without permission.So, perhaps the slogan her party has chosen for the campaign (Trabajar. Hacer. Crecer. / Work. Make. Grow.) could use a fourth verb in her case:
Aparcar. / Park.
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