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Durham cricketer Liam Plunkett given second drink-drive ban
ENGLAND cricketer Liam Plunkett has been banned from driving for a second time after he was caught behind the wheel more than twice the legal limit.
The 27-year-old Durham fast bowler was driving to an all-night garage for food after returning home by taxi from an evening out with friends, when he was stopped, Peterlee Magistrates’ Court heard.
Blair Martin, prosecuting, said police stopped his Jaguar when they noticed it being driven without headlights at the A690 Leazes Bowl roundabout, Durham City, at about 3.10am on Saturday, July 28.
His reading was 74mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath.
Plunkett was convicted for drink driving in February 2007, when he was banned for 20 months and fined £2,000.
Mark Haslam, mitigating, said: “His decision to drive was completely unjustified and completely illogical.
“The ultimate irony is he has been in this position before – he should have known better.”
Mr Haslam said Plunkett had been out and had returned home in a taxi with friends.
He said: “He did everything right until somebody wanted some food. He took the decision to drive a very short distance to an all-night garage to get some food.”
Mr Haslam said Plunkett’s financial situation was worse than in 2007, when he played for England and Durham.
He said Plunkett was injured and was uncertain when he would be fit to play again.
Plunkett was banned from driving for 40 months, fined £1,000 and ordered to pay court costs of £100.
The bowler, of Roundhaven, Durham City, who pleaded guilty to the charge, was given the option of taking part in a drink driving rehabilitation course, which will reduce his driving ban to 30 months if completed.