NRL star Inglis es­capes con­vic­tion

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - LUKE COSTIN

NRL star Greg Inglis has es­caped with a slap on the wrist after be­ing caught drink driv­ing and speed­ing on the way home from a re­gional NSW rugby league tour­na­ment.

Inglis avoided a con­vic­tion and was placed on an 18month good be­hav­iour bond in court yes­ter­day.

The South Syd­ney Rab­bitohs cap­tain had been named skip­per of the na­tional team just hours be­fore he was caught driv­ing at 99kmh in an 80kmh zone on the out­skirts of Lith­gow with a blood al­co­hol read­ing of 0.085.

Safer Aus­tralian Roads and High­ways pres­i­dent Peter Frazer said the sen­tence ap­peared le­nient.

“The is­sue is if it wasn’t some­one with a high pro­file, I would ex­pect a per­son speed­ing and drink driv­ing would have to suf­fer some sort of con­vic­tion,” he said.

In his sen­tenc­ing NSW chief mag­is­trate Graeme Hen­son noted Inglis’ loss of the cap­taincy, driv­ing and play­ing sus­pen­sions and sub­stan­tial char­ity work.

Char­ac­ter ref­er­ences, from Aus­tralian coach Mal Meninga and NRL chief ex­ec­u­tive Todd Green­berg, were ten­dered to the court.

Inglis, who turns 32 to­day, said he was grate­ful after avoid­ing a con­vic­tion.

“It was a very poor de­ci­sion on my be­half,” the fa­ther of two said.

“I’m very sorry and re­morse­ful for what hap­pened.”

Greg Inglis.

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