Chelsea footballer banned for drink-driving
Midfielder Danny Drinkwater has been banned from driving after crashing his car in Mere, Cheshire just over a month ago.
Stockport Magistrates’ Court heard he caused £50,000 worth of damage to his Range Rover when he crashed it through a wall on April 8th, whilst being over times the legal drink-drive limit.
Drinkwater had two female passengers in his vehicle at the time of the incident and all three were treated for minor injuries at the scene of the crash. Drinkwater suffered a grazed forehead.
Drinkwater called the emergency services after the crash at 12:30 AM, on the way back from a party that he and friends had attended and admitted drinking alcohol to the police.
The thrice-capped England international had only decided to drive himself and the passengers to his house once previous arrangements to get a lift from the party via a friend failed to materialise.
The Premier League winner with Leicester City admitted the charges and was subsequently sentenced to a 20 month driving ban and also ordered to a 1-year community order with 70 hours unpaid work.
A statement read out by Robin Sellars, who was defending him, asked for leniency as this was his first offence and he had been ‘compliant with police’. The plea was rejected by District Judge Mark Hadfield.
Sellars added: “He only had himself to blame. He understands he’s done wrong. He instructed Sellers that he will be employing a driver from now until the foreseeable future.
Hadfield also ordered the 29 year-old to pay £85 in prosecution costs and an £85 victim surcharge. The judge told Drinkwater “You knew when you got behind the wheel of that vehicle you should not have been driving.”
At this time, it is unclear whether Chelsea will hand the midfielder any disciplinary action, as the Premier League club is yet to make an official statement on the matter.