Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Gazza faces drink-driving charge

Paul Gascoigne is to appear before magistrates on a drink-driving charge

Former footballer Paul Gascoigne is to face a drink-driving charge after he was arrested by police, it has been revealed.

The 43-year-old was stopped by officers in the Jesmond area of Newcastle on Friday afternoon.

He was breathalysed and charged with drink-driving and will appear at Newcastle Magistrates Court on October 20.

The former Newcastle United, Tottenham, Lazio, Rangers, Middlesbrough and Everton player has suffered with alcoholism for years.

He already faces a separate drink-driving charge dating back to February, which will be heard next month.

Last week, Gascoigne was lined up to become boss of Garforth Town, in the Evostik First Division North League, but he pulled out of the deal.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "A 43-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving in the Jesmond area at around 2.45pm on Friday October 8.

"He was charged with driving with excess alcohol and bailed to appear before Newcastle Magistrates on October 20."

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