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Ray Wilkins passed out in police car, trial is told

By Katie Hodge

Former England and Chelsea footballer Ray Wilkins confessed he was a "villain" and "bang out of order" after he was held for drink-driving, a court has heard.

The 56-year-old was allegedly rude and abusive in custody where police conducted breath tests which revealed he was around three times over the legal limit.

But yesterday he claimed that he had drunk just two glasses of red wine before getting behind the wheel and insisted he had been sipping water "all evening" and "felt fine".

The Sky Sports pundit was stopped near his home in Cobham, Surrey, as he returned from an awards ceremony in his Jaguar XJ at 1.45am on May 7 last year.

He was allegedly unable to stand and slurred his words before he was handcuffed and placed in the back of an unmarked patrol car where he "passed out" en route to a local police station.

North Surrey Magistrates Court in Staines has seen CCTV footage which shows the pundit unleash a foul-mouthed tirade after officers insisted he gave breath samples before making a call to his wife.

Yesterday he rejected suggestions that he "passed out" in the police car after drinking "a lot of alcohol".

He was charged after tests revealed he had almost three times the legal limit of alcohol in his breath.

Wilkins denies drink-driving.

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