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Post  Silvers on 2013-07-16, 1:07 am

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Ray Wilkins drink-driving case: Pundit 'too drunk to stand'
Ray Wilkins arriving at court Ray Wilkins is accused of driving at nearly three times the legal limit
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Wilkins denies drink-drive charge

Former England and Chelsea footballer Ray Wilkins was too drunk to stand when he was stopped for driving his car erratically, a court has been told.

Mr Wilkins, 56, slurred his words and leaned on his Jaguar for support when he was pulled over near his Cobham home in May 2012, magistrates heard.

North Surrey Magistrates' Court also heard he fell asleep in a police patrol car and later swore at officers.

Mr Wilkins denies a charge of drinking and driving.

Tests taken at a police station showed he was almost three times the legal limit.
'Strong smell of liquor'

The former England midfielder was arrested on 7 May last year after his car was seen "weaving" down the road at about 01:45 BST, the court heard.
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Ray Wilkins
Ray Wilkins playing for England in 1984

Played for Chelsea, Manchester United, AC Milan, Paris St Germain, Rangers, QPR, Crystal Palace, Wycombe Wanderers, Hibernian, Millwall and Leyton Orient
84 England caps, three goals
13th most-capped England player
Played in 1982 and 1986 World Cups
Managed QPR and Fulham
Two spells on Chelsea coaching staff

It was alleged Mr Wilkins's car had "lurched" forward and then hit a traffic island.

PC Nicholas Skidmore told the court: "There was a strong smell of intoxicating liquor in the vehicle and around him.

"When he got out of the vehicle, he couldn't stand up properly," he said.

"He had to lean against the car."

The officer said he handcuffed the Sky Sports football pundit, who then fell asleep in his unmarked police car.

The court was told Mr Wilkins was then taken to a local police station where he was told he could not make a call to his wife until he had provided two breath samples.

CCTV played to the court showed him apparently trying to complete the tests.
'Absolutely ridiculous'

He was heard to swear to officers before saying: "I can't even phone my missus.

"I'm not going to bash up anybody - this is ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous."

PC Skidmore told the hearing: "[He said] he knew that he had done wrong and he wanted to speak to his wife as soon as possible."

Paul Lund for the prosecution said Mr Wilkins would challenge the result of the breath test.

He said: "Mr Wilkins says that he can't have drunk enough to produce that high reading.

"At the end of the day, the defence is relying on Mr Wilkins' assertion that he hadn't drunk enough.

"He would say that, wouldn't he?"

The footballer won 84 caps for England and played for clubs including AC Milan, Chelsea and Manchester United during a career that spanned three decades.

In 1993 he was appointed MBE for services to football.

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Post  Guest on 2013-07-18, 2:57 pm

I think I'm right in saying that he was the first England player ever to be sent off in a game as well.
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Post  Guest on 2013-07-31, 3:13 am

Birmingham City striker Marlon King has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run crash that left a man injured.

The crash happened near London's West End at 00:06 BST on Saturday.

Police were called to Bishops Bridge Road at the junction with Eastbourne Terrace over reports that a car had struck a pedestrian.

The man, aged in his late 40s, was taken to a central London hospital with a head injury. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

The Metropolitan Police said the vehicle failed to stop at the scene.

A Met spokeswoman said: "A 33-year-old man was subsequently arrested by officers from City of London Police on suspicion of failing to stop at the scene of a road traffic collision and taken to a central London police station.

"He has been bailed to mid-September pending further inquiries."

A spokesman for Birmingham City said the club was aware of the incident.

King, whose previous clubs include Watford, Middlesbrough and Coventry City, is reportedly available on a free transfer and in talks with other Championship clubs about a possible move.

The club has confirmed King was free to look for a new club this summer.
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Post  Silvers on 2013-07-31, 9:02 am

Moron .. (King that is, not Commo..)


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