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Naked driver was masturbating while texting

Back in August police in Chester, England, arrested Neal Marshall, 49, after a truck driver reported him driving his Ford Escort naked down the M56 while masturbating. He was charged with outraging public decency. His lawyer says he was texting and got “carried away.”

The truck driver gave police the suspect’s license plate number, which led investigators to Marshall. When asked about the incident, he reportedly had no comment for police. Marshall’s hearing fro the August 8, 2013, offense was Wednesday. Disturbingly, Marshall had been convicted of the same offense back in 2008, and got the British equivalent of six months of supervised probation for the offense.

Marshall’s lawyer, Adrian Evans, admitted that the incident was “bizarre,” but explained that his client was in a ”messaging conversation” and got “carried away.” He noted that “This does not excuse his actions but it goes a way to explain why he was seen doing it.” He concluded saying that, “He bitterly regrets his actions. He never intended to be seen by a member of the public.”

We’re guessing his mind was on other things.

Anyway, Marshall pleaded guilty. This time he got 12 months of supervised probation. He will have to pay a £85 ($140) fine and a victim surcharge of £60 (which does not go to the truck driver, but to the Victim and Witness General Fund).

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