King fined for flee­ing crash over the limit

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FOR­MER AFL player David King has been fined for flee­ing the scene of a car crash and drink-driv­ing in Mel­bourne last year.

The one-time Kan­ga­roos’ premier­ship foot­baller ap­peared in Mel­bourne Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day and pleaded guilty to ex­ceed­ing the blood al­co­hol level of 0.05, fail­ing to pro­vide a name and ad­dress at the scene of a crash and care­less driv­ing.

The court was told King was driv­ing his grey Nis­san X-Trail at 12.10am on Oc­to­ber 3 when he crashed into a sta­tion­ary taxi at South­bank.

He ini­tially stopped, get­ting out to ask if the driver and taxi pas­sen­ger, Rich­mond for­ward Jack Riewoldt, were OK be­fore shak­ing their hands and driv­ing away.

King’s lawyer told mag­is­trate Su­san Wake­l­ing that his client didn’t re­alise there was any dam­age to the taxi be­fore driv­ing off. Po­lice later ar­rested King nearby at Crown Casino after which he blew a blood al­co­hol read­ing of 0.10 – twice the le­gal limit.

King, 46, who stepped aside from some of his Fox Sports com­men­tary du­ties after be­ing charged in Oc­to­ber, was on Mon­day fined $1200, had his li­cence sus­pended for 10 months and will have an in­ter­lock de­vice fit­ted to his car.

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