Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has been banned from driving for nine months and fined a total of STG82,500 (A146,000) after crashing his high-powered Range Rover during March’s COVID-19 lockdown.
The 25-year-old England international was sentenced at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, after previously pleading guilty to two charges, including one linked to the incident in which his 4×4 hit two parked vehicles in Dickens Heath, Solihull.
A judge was told a witness said Grealish smelled of “intoxicating liquor” and was slurring his words immediately after the crash on March 29.
Grealish was involved in the incident less than 24 hours after issuing a Twitter video message urging people to stay at home to save lives and protect the NHS.
He also pleaded guilty to a separate offence of careless driving after prosecutors said an unmarked police car spotted him driving at more than 90mph (144kmh) along the M42 at “close to an intimidating distance” on October 18.
The winger will also have to apply for a new licence, once his ban ends.