Former Sunderland Midfielder pleads guilty to drink driving

Darron Gibson leaving South Tyneside Magistrates' Court where he admitted drink-driving

Darron Gibson leaving South Tyneside Magistrates' Court where he admitted drink-driving

Update - 11.55am: Republic of Ireland footballer Darren Gibson has been told he faces jail after admitting a second drink-drive charge in less than three years.

It follows a serious collision in 2015 when his vehicle hit three cyclists who were fixing a wheel on the pavement.

When the former Everton and Manchester United player was formally tested again at the police station, he was found to have 95 microgrammes of alcohol per 100ml and was charged using that lower figure.

The taxi driver had followed him, thinking Gibson would stop to swap details, but the footballer carried on for some distance until the final series of collisions.

The former Sunderland midfielder - who has since had his contract terminated by the Championship club - is said to have smashed his 4x4 Mercedes into parked cars.

Speaking about sentencing, Mr Randall said: 'We feel this aggravates it into the custody band'.

Gibson will be sentenced on May 25 after medical reports are provided.

The police were reported to have established at the roadside that he was "under the influence" and, on Tuesday, he arrived at court where he pleaded guilty, according to PA.

The 30 year old crashed on Dovedale Road in Seaburn Dene, on the Saturday the Black Cats lost 2-nil to Preston at the Stadium of Light.

The Derry native appeared in South Tyneside Magistrates' Court on Tuesday having been charged with being over the drink-driving limit on St. Patrick's Day.

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