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Colin Hendry banned from driving for 17 months

Former Scotland football captain Colin Hendry has been banned from the road for 17 months after he dropped his fight against a drink-driving charge.

Hendry has been disqualified from driving for 17 months. Credit: PA

Lawyers for Hendry, 49, had called for a "special reasons" hearing today after arguing that the amount of alcohol he consumed did not tally with the excess alcohol reading recorded by police.

But the case went straight to sentencing after Blackpool Magistrates' Court heard that tests showed he was definitely over the legal limit.

Hendry was arrested by police after being stopped while driving a blue Ford Focus in Church Road, Lytham, Lancashire, at 1.05am on February 21st.

He provided a reading of 63 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath - the legal limit in England is 35 micrograms.

Magistrates also fined him £110 and ordered to him pay £200 prosecution costs and a victim surcharge of £20.

Hendry, of Coopers Row, Lytham, had a long playing career, captaining his country in the 1998 World Cup and appearing for a series of clubs including Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Bolton Wanderers and Glasgow Rangers.


Bieber to be taken to Miami-Dade County jail

Miami Police have confirmed that pop singer Justin Bieber will be taken to Miami-Dade County jail soon, following his arrest on suspicion of drag racing and drink-driving.

Justin Bieber accepts an award at the American Music Awards last year Credit: REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

Police have also named the other arrested person as an R&B singer known as Khalil. The pair will be taken to a first appearance at Miami-Dade County jail to face driving under the influence and drag racing charges.

Both Bieber's yellow Lamborghini and Khalil's red Ferrari were towed away according to the Miami Police.

Bieber allegedly failed sobriety tests before arrest

Miami Beach Police Department announced Canadian pop star Justin Bieber's arrest on twitter earlier today, with police officers claiming they saw two cars racing in the early hours of the morning, at 4:09am local time.

Aerial shot of Miami Police Department Credit: Reuters TV

Bieber allegedly failed a field sobriety test and was taken to the Miami Beach police station for a breath test according to reports.

Justin Bieber is held back by a member of his security team as he confronts a photographer outside his hotel in London i March 2013 Credit: Reuters TV

Miami Police spokesman, Sergeant Bobby Hernandez, said two vehicles had seemingly been used to block off an area for the drag race, with Bieber in a yellow Lamborghini. Another driver involved in the race in a red Ferrari was also arrested.

Govt: Drink-driving has 'lifelong' consequences

Road safety minister Robert Goodwill warned young people to think twice before drink driving. Credit: DaybreakITV

Young people are putting their entire future at risk if they decide to get behind the wheel when drunk, the road safety minister warned.

Robert Goodwill told Daybreak despite road safety campaigns and stigmatisation, 280 people had died on Britain's roads last year because of drink driving.

He urged young people in particular to be careful during the Christmas party season:

"Young people don't see the consequences. They will think, 'well, I'll lose my licence for a year, I won't be able to drive,' but there will be long-term, lifelong effects.

"We are also tightening up some of the rules in future which will mean you will be able to be convicted on the roadside breath test, and not have the option of going back to the police station."

'One in three' drink drivers lose their jobs, warns AA

One in three people convicted of drink driving lose their jobs and all suffer "dramatic" and "traumatic" effects, the head of a car insurance giant warned.

AA president Edmund King added drink driving "hiked" up the price of vehicle insurance:

Drink-drive convictions have dramatic and traumatic snowball effects. One third of people will lose their jobs and experience years of hiked insurance premiums.

A snowball might melt away quickly while the effects of a driving ban last way beyond any winter thaw. If you are going to drive - don't drink. If you are going to drink - don't drive

– AA president Edmund King
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