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Clarke Carlisle Banned For Drink Driving

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Former footballer Clarke Carlisle has been banned from driving for three years after pleading guilty to a drink-driving offence.

The 35-year-old has also been ordered to do 150 hours of community work after police spotted him driving in an "erratic" manner in north London at 7am on 20 December.

Two days after the incident Carlisle attempted suicide by throwing himself in front of a lorry near York - putting him in a coma for several weeks.

Carlisle had been out on bail after his Mercedes was seen "swerving in the lane, to the pavement on the nearside, almost mounting the pavement" on Pentonville Road.

The former Professional Footballers' Association chairman almost hit a delivery truck, Highbury Magistrates' Court heard.

District judge Susan Williams told Carlisle that, although he had made a "positive contribution" to football, "if you are not in control of your vehicle in a road in central London you represent a danger to people".

Carlisle admitted driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence and failing to provide a sample.

He was taken to Islington police station but did not cooperate and said: "Sergeant, I would like to speak to my counsel first."

The court heard Carlisle had been involved in excess-drinking offences in 1999 and 2011.

Lisa Judge, defending, said her client was "in an extremely dark place in terms of his own life" at the time of arrest.

A court-ordered medical report said he "utterly oozes remorse". 

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