Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Plunkett-I Am So Ashamed

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Plunkett-I Am So Ashamed

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Byline: Simon Haworth

Teesside cricket star Liam Plunkett expressed his deep sorrow after appearing at court to plead guilty to drink-driving.

England bowling hero Plunkett said he was "deeply sorry" for his reckless actions which saw him drink around six pints of beer and then crash his car at traffic lights in Yarm last October.

Plunkett, 21, received a pounds 2,000 fine with pounds 50 costs and was banned from driving for 20 months at Teesside Magistrates' Court yesterday, for driving while twice over the legal limit.

The fast bowler, from Middlesbrough, dressed in a smart grey suit, stared at the floor as he pleaded guilty to the charge.

It is just a week since Plunkett returned from international duty with England in Australia.

The court was told he had been to a fashion show at the Tall Trees nightclub in Yarm on October 19 last year.

He had modelled suits for a friend of his mother's who is a high-class tailor.

At the function, which he attended from 6pm, he had drunk about six pints of bitter.

At around midnight, Plunkett was involved in an accident at traffic lights in Yarm when his foot slipped off the brake of his 4x4, a sponsor's car, and hit the car in front.

Plunkett's solicitor Robert Platts said no serious injuries were caused to the people in the car.

Police said Plunkett, of Thurnham Grove, Marton, smelled of alcohol.

He took a breathalyser test and was taken to a police station where a blood sample was taken.

It recorded 172mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood - more than twice the legal limit.

Plunkett, a former Nunthorpe School pupil, was bailed by police until he returned from international duty in Australia.

He returned to England on February 12 and was charged with drink-driving two days later.

Mr Platts said Plunkett had let down his coaches at Durham County Cricket Club, his England coaches and his team-mates. …

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