For­mer Chelsea star banned from driv­ing

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

FOR­MER Eng­land football player Ray Wilkins has been sen­tenced af­ter he ad­mit­ted drink-driv­ing af­ter be­ing spot­ted drink­ing from the bot­tle.

Wilkins was given a 10-week sus­pended sen­tence, 140 hours un­paid work and a four year driv­ing ban.

The 59-year-old was spot­ted driv­ing his Mercedes in the mid­dle of a road, strad­dling a bus lane along the A4 north­ern perime­ter road in Lon­don on Friday July 1.

Wilkins, who played for Chelsea and Manch­ester United, pleaded guilty to drink-driv­ing on Monday at Uxbridge Mag­is­trates’ Court.

Prose­cu­tor Izolda Grib­bin said a mem­ber of the pub­lic “saw the driver strik­ing a kerb on the road as well as drink­ing alcohol from the bot­tle while driv­ing”.

She said: “The de­fen­dant at­tempted a U-turn and his ve­hi­cle came to a stop.”

Then the passer-by “to pre­vent an ac­ci­dent from hap­pen­ing, took his keys from the car”.

Wilkins was found to have 100mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath. The le­gal limit is 35mg per 100ml of breath.

A po­lice car was flagged down and the of­fi­cer no­ticed Wilkins’ eyes were “glazed, he was un­steady on his feet and there was a smell of alcohol com­ing from him”, Ms Grib­bin said.

Wilkins, who has two pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for drink-driv­ing, is part-way through a res­i­den­tial re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion course for which he missed a pre­vi­ous court ap­pear­ance one week ear­lier.

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