Tuesday 17 October 2017

Former Chelsea star found guilty of drink driving

Ray Wilkins leaves Staines Magistrates court in Surrey during his drink drive trial
Ray Wilkins leaves Staines Magistrates court in Surrey during his drink drive trial

Katie Hodge

Former England footballer Ray Wilkins was convicted of drink-driving today as it emerged he was banned from the road earlier this year after he was found intoxicated and "slumped" over his steering wheel.

Wilkins, 56, was disqualified for two years in March and fined £2,000 after a breath test showed he was nearly four times the legal limit.

The details of that offence were disclosed as he was handed a 12-month community order, instructed to pay £4,000 in coats and stripped of his driving licence for three years today.

Wilkins, 56, was so drunk he was forced to lean on his Jaguar XJ because he was unable to stand up when he was pulled over close to his home last May.

The slurring Sky Sports pundit was taken into custody where he struggled to give a sample of his breath and branded police procedures a "f****** joke".

Wilkins claimed he only drank two glasses of red wine before getting behind the wheel and suggested the results of his breath tests - which showed he was three times the limit - were unreliable.

But his defence was rejected today.

The former Chelsea player, dressed in a three-piece navy blue suit, stared straight ahead as District Judge Timothy Workman handed down his sentence at North Surrey Magistrates' Court, in Staines-upon-Thames.

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