Wilkins guilty of drink-driving

Former England footballer Ray Wilkins was convicted of drink-driving today.

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Former footballer found "slumped" over wheel

Wilkins was Chelsea Assistant Manager from 2009-10 Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Former England footballer Ray Wilkins was convicted of drink-driving today as it emerged he was banned from the road earlier this year after he was found intoxicated and "slumped" over his steering wheel.

Wilkins, 56, was disqualified for two years in March and fined £2,000 after a breath test showed he was nearly four times the legal limit.

The details of that offence were disclosed as he was handed a 12-month community order, instructed to pay £4,000 in coats and stripped of his driving licence for three years today.

Wilkins, 56, was so drunk he was forced to lean on his Jaguar XJ because he was unable to stand up when he was pulled over close to his home last May.

The slurring Sky Sports pundit was taken into custody where he struggled to give a sample of his breath and branded police procedures a "f****** joke".

Wilkins claimed he only drank two glasses of red wine before getting behind the wheel and suggested the results of his breath tests - which showed he was three times the limit - were unreliable.

But his defence was rejected today.

The former Chelsea player, dressed in a three-piece navy blue suit, stared straight ahead as District Judge Timothy Workman handed down his sentence at North Surrey Magistrates' Court, in Staines-upon-Thames.

Wilkins was nearly three times over limit

Ray Wilkins leaves Staines Magistrates court in Surrey Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Ex-England football star and Sky Sports pundit Ray Wilkins has been found guilty of driving while almost three times over the alcohol limit.

The retired Chelsea and England midfielder called his arrest on May 7 a "f*****g joke" and claimed the breath test machines were faulty. But district judge Timothy Workman convicted him today after a three day trial.


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