NRL star Inglis escapes conviction
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.”