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PARIS (AP) - This is a test of the Associated Press and not intended for Publication or Broadcasting.
Davies was with Sochaux teammate Jacques Faty when they were pulled over by police in the early hours of Oct. 3 after being clocked at 125 mph in France’s Jura region. Faty and Davies have both said Faty was driving the car, but they switched positions because Faty thought his license was still suspended from a previous speeding infraction.
A French police official, who was not authorized to be publicly named, said Monday that Davies has been fined. The official said neither player has officially contradicted the original version of events to police.
The 24-year-old Davies was involved in a car accident Oct. 13, 2009, that killed another passenger. He was not the driver.
Davies suffered two broken bones in his right leg, a broken and dislocated left elbow, a broken nose, forehead and eye socket, a ruptured bladder and bleeding on the brain.
He returned to training with Sochaux in March but missed the World Cup and has not played for either Sochaux’s first team or the national team since then.
Le Progres newspaper reported on its website Sunday that Davies and Faty could face six months in jail and a far heavier fine of $10,400 each for lying to police. But the police official said he was not aware of any further investigation being opened.
Sochaux players were given four days off after beating Lens 3-0 on Oct. 2 and Davies said he decided to fly back to Boston, where he played in college. Davies said he doesn’t drive in France and, knowing that Faty was going back to Paris, he asked if he could get a ride.
Davies told The Associated Press that Faty thought police would only fine Davies, but Faty feared he would be jailed. Faty also told the AP that he had panicked and now plans to go to police this week to clear up the incident.
Davies said he was lying down in the passenger seat of the Audi Q7 as they drove.
The windows of the SUV were tinted, so police couldn’t see the players switching seats. Davies said he was hesitant about switching seats before agreeing.
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