He literally came with instructions and he blew it. He had one job: drink water.29-year old footballer Danny Drinkwater has been charged by the Stockport Magistrate Court for drink-driving after crashing his Range Rover into a wall about 30 minutes after midnight on 8 April, causing damages worth £50,000.He claimed to have been on his way back from a function and his friend was supposed to drive him back, but was unable to, so Danny decided to drive himself and two female passengers while drunk.The prosecutor, Subi Chowdhury said Drinkwater had called emergency services himself after the incident and admitted to drink-driving while talking to the police.When he was tested at Middlewich Police Station, he had 87 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millimeters of breath while the legal limit is 35 microgrammes only.He suffered a graze to his forehead and the two female passengers were treated for minor injuries as well.His defense lawyer, Robin Sellars, said Danny Drinkwater has had no previous convictions and asked for him to be punished with a fine rather than community service, adding that the footballer was “fully compliant” with the police.
“He only had himself to blame. He understands he’s done wrong.He instructs me he will be employing a driver.”- Robin Sellars in Drinkwater’s defense
But District Judge Mark Hadfield rejected this and sentenced him to a 12-month community order with 70 hours’ community service.The former Manchester United trainee was also ordered to pay £85 prosecution costs and an £85 victim surcharge.Mr Hadfield said: “You knew when you got behind the wheel of that vehicle you should not have been driving.”Danny Drinkwater was handed with a 20-month driving ban and 70 hours of community service.
He was a product of Manchester United’s youth academy but never made a senior appearance as he went on loan to Huddersfield, Watford, Cardiff and Barnsley, eventually ending up in Leicester City in 2012. He was among Leicester City’s Premier League winning team in the 2015-16 season under Claudio Ranieri and was called to England’s senior team for the first time as a result of his performance with Leicester.He made his debut against Norway in 2016.He left Leicester for Chelsea in September 2017 in a £ 35 million deal following in the footsteps of teammate N’ Golo Kante.He played 22 times in all competitions as his first season was disturbed by injury, but under new manager Mauricio Sarri, he hasn’t gotten any Premier League playing time, just a Community Shield appearance.