‘Stupid’ rugby star in drink-drive ban

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

RUGBY league star Zak Har­daker has ad­mit­ted drink-driv­ing.

The 26-year-old Wi­gan War­riors full-back was charged with the of­fences last month.

Pros­e­cu­tors told Leeds Mag­is­trates’ Court that he at­tempted to avoid po­lice by tak­ing his car down a cul-de-sac in Pon­te­fract, West York­shire, and run­ning away on foot.

The court heard how, when of­fi­cers later vis­ited his home, the player claimed not to have been the driver and said that the Ford Fi­esta in­volved was not his car.

He gave a read­ing of more than twice the drink-drive limit, and told of­fi­cers he had two gins and six pints.

When breathal­ysed, Har­daker, who is cur­rently serv­ing a 14-month ban from rugby for co­caine use, gave a read­ing of 74 mi­cro­grammes of al­co­hol per 100 millil­itres of breath – the le­gal limit be­ing 35. District Judge Paul Cur­rer, sen­tenc­ing, told the de­fen­dant: “You in­dulged in stu­pid­ity in as­sert­ing that you were not the driver and that it was not your car.”

The full-back, who pleaded guilty, was given was given a 20-month ban from driv­ing and a £1,810 fine.

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