Belfast Telegraph

Monday 31 August 2015

Drink-driving Ray Wilkins was already serving ban

Katie Hodge

Published 18/07/2013

Former England footballer Ray Wilkins has been convicted of drink-driving as it emerged he was banned from the road earlier this year after he was found intoxicated and "slumped" over his steering wheel.

Wilkins (56) was disqualified for two years in March and fined £2,000 after a breath test showed he was nearly four times the legal limit.

The details of that offence were disclosed as he was handed a 12-month community order, instructed to pay £4,000 in costs and stripped of his driving licence for three years.

Wilkins was so drunk he was forced to lean on his Jaguar XJ because he was unable to stand up when he was pulled over close to his home last May.

He struggled to give a sample of his breath and branded police procedures a "f****** joke".

Wilkins claimed he only drank two glasses of red wine before getting behind the wheel and suggested his breath test results were unreliable.

But his defence was rejected at North Surrey Magistrates Court in Staines-upon-Thames.

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