Drink-drive footballer crashed into parked cars when three times over limit

Paola Ditto
Aprile 17, 2018

Update - 11.55am: Republic of Ireland footballer Darren Gibson has been told he faces jail after admitting a second drink-drive charge in less than three years. The legal limit is 35.

His grey Mercedes 4x4 came to rest on the pavement and the road was covered with debris.

Gibson will be sentenced on May 25 after medical reports are provided.

Speaking about sentencing, Mr Randall said: "We feel this aggravates it into the custody band".

Henry Blackshaw, representing Gibson, told the court: "He's undertaking medical treatment for an underlying medical cases, which would explain his drinking on this occasion and, most likely, the previous occasion".

The Derry native appeared in South Tyneside Magistrates' Court on Tuesday having been charged with being over the drink-driving limit on St. Patrick's Day.

Republic of Ireland worldwide Gibson, whose contract with Sunderland was terminated after he was charged, knocked a taxi's wing mirror off in West Bolton but carried on and smashed into parked cars in Dovedale Road, Fulwell, Sunderland, as he tried to get to the club's training ground.

Gibson gave a breath test of 95 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath, according to Chronicle Live.

When he was formally tested again at the police station he was found to have 95mg of alcohol per 100ml and he was charged using that lower figure.

Gibson, of Hale, Cheshire, has won 27 caps for the Republic of Ireland and played 18 times for Sunderland this season.

"That didn't coincide with the manner he was presenting in, his speech was slurred and he smelled of alcohol".

He insisted he had "two drinks the night before".

Prosecutor Rebecca Laverick told the court how Gibson first crashed into a the driver's side of a taxi parked in Addison Road, West Bolton.

The former Manchester United midfielder is now a free agent after leaving Sunderland following the horror crash by mutual consent.

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