Everton midfielder Darron Gibson sentenced over drink-driving charge
Published 01/09/2015 | 11:39
Everton midfielder Darron Gibson has been sentenced to a 12-month community order and banned from driving for 20 months after he ploughed into three cyclists and drove off.
Gibson, 27, was also over the legal drink-drive limit when his vehicle mounted the pavement in Bowdon, Cheshire, and struck the men who had stopped at the roadside to fix a broken bicycle chain.
The ex-Manchester United man then sped off in his black Nissan Skyline GT-R Nismo from the injured trio before he pulled into a nearby petrol station on the morning of August 16.
Police were called by a concerned garage attendant after Gibson hit a petrol pump and began filling his vehicle with fuel while wearing no shoes.
Officers noticed an ''obvious strong smell of alcohol'' on Gibson's breath when they attended, and the footballer and his vehicle were then positively identified by one of the cyclists.
Gibson was arrested and taken to a police station where he gave a positive reading of 57 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath - the legal limit being 35.
On Tuesday, the Republic of Ireland international entered guilty pleas at Trafford Magistrates' Court to driving with excess alcohol, driving without due care and attention and failing to stop after a accident had occurred.
Gibson must perform 200 hours of unpaid work as part of his community sentence and was ordered to pay £4,500 in damages caused to one of the bikes, a carbon composite model which was written off.
He was told to pay £1,000 compensation to the cyclist who he directly hit and £100 each to the two other men.
Gibson was also told to pay £295 court costs.
The court heard that Gibson had no previous convictions and had driven since the age of 19.
Derry-born Gibson was told his ban could be reduced by five months if he completed a drink-driving awareness course.
He left the court without comment.