Drink-driving: Danny Drinkwater Slammed With 20-months Driving Ban

Chelsea football star Danny Drinkwater has been banned from driving after his Range Rover struck a wall while running twice the legal drink-drive limit. The 29-year-old and two female passengers were treated for minor injuries after the crash in Mere, Cheshire, on the 8th of April. Stockport Magistrates’ Court heard he caused £50,000 of damage to the car. Drinkwater who admitted having committed the offence was banned for 20 months. The court heard he suffered a graze to his forehead when his car went through a wall in Ashley Road near to Tatton Park country house. Prosecutor Subi Chowdhury said Drinkwater himself called emergency services after the crash at about 00:30 BST and admitted drinking alcohol to police officers. Drinkwater’s lawyer, Robin Sellars, said the footballer was “fully compliant” with police. He revealed that Drinkwater was at a private function and expected a friend to drive him home. However, his friend was unable to do so and Drinkwater decided to drive himself to his home in Nether Alderley, Cheshire. Mr Sellars added: “He only had himself to blame. He understands he’s done wrong. “He instructs me he will be employing a driver.” Mr Sellars added that he had no previous convictions and asked for him to be punished with a fine rather than community service. But District Judge Mark Hadfield rejected this and sentenced him to a 12-month community order with 70 hours’ community service. Photo Credit: Getty

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