Rugby star fined for drink-driving
England rugby star Danny Care was fined a total of £3,100 and banned from driving for 16 months after pleading guilty to drink-driving in the early hours of New Year's Day.
The Harlequins scrum-half was stopped at the Winchester services on the M3 motorway in Hampshire in the early hours, Southampton Magistrates' Court heard. The incident led to the 25-year-old being excluded from the RBS 6 Nations squad. It came three weeks after he had been fined by police for being drunk and disorderly.
On New Year's Eve, hours before his arrest, Care tweeted: "2012 is hopefully going to be a massive year... Earn respect. Earn the shirt. Set the example."
Care pleaded guilty to the offence of driving with excess alcohol and the court heard that a breath test showed he had 77mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath - the legal limit is 35mg. He was fined £3,000, ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge fee.
Care did not comment as he left court but after his arrest he said: "I do accept that I made a very bad decision on the evening in question and need to take the punishment that the courts hand out. I have decided not to contest the charge as I want to bring this to a close swiftly rather than have it hanging over my head for a year or more.
"I would stress, though, that at no time did I think I had drunk enough to be over the legal limit. However, I should not have got into the car and have to accept the consequences of that action.
"I am devastated not to be selected for the elite player squad for the Six Nations as I felt I had been playing near the top of my game with Quins. However, I wish the team and the other number nines who come in to play the best of luck as playing for your country is the highest honour in the game and I will miss it hugely.
"It's now up to me to get my head down, keep playing well and learn from my actions. I do understand the need for England players to be role models in the game and have tried to live up to that at all times, but have made a couple of stupid decisions in the past weeks.
"I can only hope for the chance in the future to prove those decisions were the exception not the rule. I am devastated because my actions have let so many people down."
Care was fined a "substantial" amount by Harlequins following his arrest for being drunk and disorderly, which he was required to donate in person to a cancer charity. The club has fined him £10,000 for the latest incident and he will be required to work on its inner-city coaching programme until the end of pre-season 2012/13.