Monday 23 April 2018

Rooney faces drink drive charge after night on the town

Wayne Rooney Photo: Richard Sellers/PA Wire
Wayne Rooney Photo: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

Ben Rumsby

Wayne Rooney has been charged with drink-driving near his £6m (€6.5m) home in the early hours of yesterday.

England's former captain and record goalscorer was released on bail and ordered to appear at Stockport Magistrates' Court on September 18 after being pulled over whilst driving a Volkswagen Beetle and arrested by Cheshire Police shortly after 2am in Wilmslow.

That was after he had been seen dancing on tables at a local bar before moving on to a late-night cocktail bar.

If convicted, Rooney could be fined and banned from driving for at least a year, with the government's guidance on drink-driving penalties warning those found guilty could even be imprisoned for six months.

He could also face disciplinary action from Everton, with manager Ronald Koeman having brought him back to his boyhood club from Manchester United partly to act as a role model for their young players.

Rooney will appear in court less than 24 hours after the clubs meet at Old Trafford for the first time since he rejoined the Merseysiders.

The 31-year-old had trained with Everton on Thursday, which marked the 13th anniversary of his move to United.

He was in the middle of a two-week rest from playing while his former England team-mates prepared for their World Cup qualifying matches.

After being spotted at Italian restaurant Piccolino at about 4pm, he was seen partying at The Bubble Room later that evening with friends, including former United colleague Wes Brown. They were said to have been singing and dancing while local band Funky Treacle played Oasis covers, with Rooney joining in with a rendition of 'Wonderwall'.

Shropshire cricketer Jack McIver posted a picture on Instagram of himself with Rooney at the venue at around 10pm, alongside the caption: "International Break #legend."

It was after moving on to The Symposium cocktail bar that Rooney allegedly got behind the wheel of a black Beetle - it is unclear if it belonged to him or a companion - before being pulled over. He was arrested and remained in custody until his agent Paul Stretford picked him up from the Middlewich custody suite, with Rooney still wearing the grey hoodie in which he was pictured the night before.

Irish Independent

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