Drink-drive Wilkins had alcohol in car

Former England footballer Ray Wilkins has been given a 10-week suspended jail sentence for drinking and driving.

Wilkins, who pleaded guilty, was seen in his Mercedes in the middle of a bus lane on the A4 in London on 1 July.

Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court heard the he also struck a kerb and was seen drinking alcohol from a bottle while driving, before attempting a U-turn.

Wilkins, 59, who told the court he was an alcoholic, was nearly three times over the legal drink drive limit.

‘Eyes glazed’

The court was told a passer-by took his keys from the car to prevent an accident from happening.

A police car was flagged down and the officer noticed Wilkins’ eyes were “glazed, he was unsteady on his feet and there was a smell of alcohol coming from him”.

Wilkins, of Cobham, Surrey, is currently undergoing a residential rehabilitation course at the Priory Hospital in Woking.

The former Chelsea and Manchester United star also has two previous convictions for drinking and driving.

‘Ashamed and embarrassed’

His lawyer Sarah-Kate McIntyre said her client was “ashamed and embarrassed” to be in the dock.

She said Wilkins “appreciates the danger he caused to himself and the public” and “accepts full responsibility” for the offence.

In addition to the suspended sentence, he was given a four-year driving ban and ordered to do 140 hours of community service.

Wilkins played 84 times for England including at the 1986 Mexico World Cup.

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