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Footie ace is caged


FORMER footballer Dean Saunders was branded “arrogant” by a judge who jailed him for refusing to take a breath test.

The ex Liverpool striker was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving in his £70,000 Audi A8 after a day at the races.

He was caught on police bodycam footage slurring his speech and propping himself up against his car.

Saunders, 55, who is now a TV and talkSPORT radio pundit, said he had been to Chester Races and “drank two pints”.

He claimed asthma prevented him from giving a breath sample but he did not mention the condition when he was arrested.

The dad of three was jailed for 10 weeks at Chester Magistrate­s’ Court after admitting failing to take a breath test.

District Judge Nicholas Sanders said: “You have shown yourself to be arrogant, thinking you are someone whose previous and current role in the public eye entitles you to be above the law.

“You very nearly caused a serious accident.

“I do not accept you were confused.

“You consistent­ly refused to co-operate.’’

Saunders, of Whitegate, Cheshire, who was also banned from driving for 30 months, plans to appeal.

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JAILED: Saunders

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