Darron Gibson driving ban after drink-drive crash

Everton footballer Darron Gibson arrives at Trafford Magistrates' Court. Credit: Press Association.

Everton footballer Darron Gibson has pleaded guilty to crashing his sports car into a cyclist while drink-driving and then fleeing the scene.

Gibson, 27, was behind the wheel of his black Nissan Skyline GT-R Nismo when it ploughed into three cyclists who had stopped at the side of the road to fix a broken chain.

He was banned from driving for 20 months and ordered to complete 200 hours of community work.

The footballer will also have to pay £5,895 in fines and prosecution costs.

Darron Gibson, playing for Everton. Credit: Press Association.

The court was told the cyclist directly hit by Gibson's car received cuts to his legs, elbow and hand and his £4,500 carbon composite bike was written off.

The ex-Manchester United midfielder was said to have driven off at speed before he pulled into a petrol station nearby in his home town of Bowdon, Cheshire, and collided with a petrol pump.

Police were called by a concerned petrol attendant after Gibson then got out of his car with no shoes on and filled his vehicle with fuel on the morning of August 16 .

Today, the Republic of Ireland international entered guilty pleas at Trafford Magistrates' Court to driving with excess alcohol, driving without due care and attention and failing to stop after a accident had occurred.

Gibson's defence said he showed "remorse, embarrassment, shame and regret' over the incident.

The court was told what happened was "totally out of character".