It emerged today that former Olympic triple jumper Phillips Idowu was caught drink-driving after police were called to a domestic incident at his home.
– Essex Police
We were called to reports of a domestic argument at a property shortly before 9.30am.
A man had left the scene prior to police arriving and was subsequently arrested.
Appearing today at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court Idowu was also ordered to complete community service. His solicitor, Joe Life, told the court he had been out with friends the previous night and returned home to bed.
– Joe Life, Solicitor
He just got in the car because circumstances forced him to leave the house in a hurry and he was driving a short distance.
He planned to stay at a hotel which was under a mile away to get away from the circumstances which had unfolded at the house.
Idowu was banned from driving for 24 months and must pay a fine of £145 and £85 costs.
Former Olympic triple jumper Phillips Idowu has been banned from driving after magistrates in Essex heard that an "emergency" forced him to drive while drunk. The 34-year-old, from Epping, pleaded guilty to driving his Land Rover while two and a half times the legal alcohol limit.
For Phillips Idowu it was a bitterly disappointing Olympics. The Hackney triple jumper crashed out in the qualifying rounds, blaming injury and a lack of preparation. But he says he's not ready to retire, and has his eyes on yet more medals.
Hackney's Phillips Idowu, the so-called "Invisible Man" of British athletics, crashed out of the Olympic triple jump today.
The controversial 33-year-old Beijing silver medallist failed to jump far enough to qualify automatically for Thursday's final.
Idowu, who is suffering from a trapped nerve and has been in dispute with British athletics bosses, only arrived at the athletes' village on Sunday.
The British Olympic Association has confirmed it has received the medical records of triple jumper Phillips Idowu.
They had requested from him, and his medical team, information about his injury.
We will continue to liaise with and support the professionals who are working with Phillips to ensure he has the support he needs in his treatment.
Athletics fans will flock to Crystal Palace this weekend to see Britain's Olympic hopefuls take on some of the world's best athletes at the London Grand Prix.
Tomorrow, they will see the return of Hackney's Phillips Idowu in the triple jump.
He has been taking a break from competition over the last few weeks but is determined to show his best form in London.
Sally Williams reports.
Triple jumper Phillips Idowu is confident of doing well at this summer's Olympics. He was back in London for the launch of the new Team GB kit and explained why he has had to move out of the capital for his training.