‘Stupid’ rugby star in drink-drive ban
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.