Inglis given bond


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SYD­NEY: NRL star Greg Inglis has been placed on a good be­hav­iour bond, but es­caped con­vic­tion after he was caught drink driv­ing and speed­ing on the way home from a re­gional NSW rugby league tour­na­ment.

The South Syd­ney Rab­bitohs cap­tain had been named skip­per of the na­tional team just hours be­fore he was caught driv­ing at 99 km/h in an 80 km/h zone on the out­skirts of Lith­gow on Oc­to­ber 1 last year.

Inglis pleaded guilty to drink driv­ing in Novem­ber and yes­ter­day NSW chief mag­is­trate Graeme Hen­son handed Inglis an 18-month con­di­tional re­lease or­der not­ing his loss of the cap­taincy, driv­ing and play­ing sus­pen­sions, and sub­stan­tial char­ity work.

Down­ing Cen­tre Lo­cal Court heard Inglis — whose blood al­co­hol was of­fi­cially recorded as .085 in the early af­ter­noon of Oc­to­ber 1 — did not know how much he drank the night be­fore while cel­e­brat­ing the end of the Koori Knock­out tour­na­ment in Dubbo.

But he stopped shortly be­fore mid­night, waited un­til 11 am to drive and then had a schooner at lunch on the drive back to Syd­ney.

‘‘It must have been quite a heavy night be­fore,’’ Judge Hen­son said.

‘‘I ac­cept you did your best at that time. None of us are per­fect as much as we try.’’

But the chief mag­is­trate lec­tured the NRL star on the risk drink driv­ers pose to the com­mu­nity.

‘‘Driv­ing at speed while drink driv­ing makes you some­thing like three or four times more likely to crash,’’ he told Inglis.

‘‘There is only one safe ap­proach — drink and don’t drive or drive and don’t drink.’’

A num­ber of char­ac­ter ref­er­ences, in­clud­ing from Aus­tralian Kan­ga­roos coach Mal Meninga and NRL chief ex­ec­u­tive Todd Green­berg, were ten­dered by Inglis’s lawyer James Jor­dan.

Pic­ture: AAP Im­age/Joel Car­rett

Free to go: NRL star Greg Inglis leav­ing court after be­ing placed on a good be­hav­iour bond without con­vic­tion for drink driv­ing and speed­ing.

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