He was in a hurry and he was driving very fast. Not at 70 or even 75 but 80 miles per hour.
Suddenly he heard a noise and saw a light in his rear view mirror.
A policeman, PC Ted, pulled him over and got out of his car.
"Hello, hello, hello, whatís going on here then?", said PC Ted
"Hello officer", said Fred
"You were driving very fast", said PC Ted
"I'm in a hurry", said Fred
"That may be so", said PC Ted, "but you have broken the law."
"But I was only a little bit over the speed limit", said Fred.
"You seem to have a foot made of lead", said PC Ted, "so I'll have to give a you a fine and penalty points"
"This isn't fair, I'm in the red", said Fred, "and I donít have any money to pay."
"Thatís not my problem", said PC Ted, "youíll have to speak to Judge Dread"
"Right", said Fred
So Fred and PC Ted went to Court to see Judge Dread.
Judge Dread said "Fred you have broken the law and you have a fine to pay"
"But", said Fred, "I can't pay, I've got no money"
Then PC Ted said, "Oh well if you can't pay you will have to go to jail!"
Fred said, "But then I won't be able to earn a crust of bread, my business will be dead and my kids won't get fed!"
PC Ted said, "Well those are the rules, if you commit a crime you have to pay for it"
Then Judge Dread said, "Well that's not strictly true, PC Ted. Fred has committed a crime and someone has to pay the fine otherwise he will go to jail."
Fred said, "I keep telling you I'm in the red."
"I hear what you've said Fred. But I can't ignore PC Ted", said Judge Dread, "This is tricky, I can't let you go until the fine is paid [pause] Just stay there a moment."
Judge Dread took the wig off his head, got up, paid the fine, and went back to his seat. [pause]
"Well Fred, it appears someone has paid your fine, you are free to go."
PC Ted said "That's highly irregular m'lud, you can't do that."
Judge Dread said, "PC Ted you heard what I said, as long as someone has paid the price of the fine, Fred can go home to his nice warm bed."
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