Derby’s Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett admit drink-driving and could face jail – The Guardian

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Derby’s Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett admit drink-driving and could face jail – The Guardian

Players also plead guilty to failing to stop at scene of accident


District judge says he cannot rule out prison sentences

Tom Lawrence arrives at Derby magistrates court on Tuesday.






Tom Lawrence arrives at Derby magistrates court on Tuesday.
Photograph: Jacob King/PA

Derby’s Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett have been told they could go to prison after they admitted charges of drink-driving over a crash involving a Range Rover Sport and a Mercedes.

Lawrence and Bennett were detained by police after the incident on the A6 near Allestree, Derby, shortly before midnight on 24 September.

Both players admitted drink-driving and failing to stop at the scene of an accident when they appeared at Derby magistrates court on Tuesday.

Lawrence, a 25-year-old Wales international midfielder, recorded a breath test reading of 58 microgrammes per 100ml and the forward Bennett, 23, recorded a level of 64. The legal limit is 35.

District judge Jonathan Taaffee told the players that, as passengers were in the cars and the defendants left the scene, all options remained open, including a prison sentence.

He said: “I have to consider whether a custodial sentence is merited.”

Mr Taaffee adjourned the case for a short time so the players could talk to probation officers before sentence is passed.

This month Derby fined the pair the “equivalent of six weeks’ wages” and condemned them for bringing the club into disrepute following the “alcohol-related incident”.

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