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Darron Gibson admits to drink-driving charge

Former Sunderland midfielder Darron Gibson has admitted to drink-driving during a brief appearance at South Tyneside Magistrates Court.

The court heard how he was three times over the drink-drive limit when he smashed his Mercedes into parked cars on St Patrick's Day.

Gibson, whose contract with Sunderland was terminated when he was charged, had been on his way to the club's training ground when he crashed into parked cars in Dovedale Road, Fulwell.

Darron Gibson arrives at South Tyneside Magistrates Court charged with drink driving. Credit: PA

The defendant was spoken to at the roadside, police officers established he was under the influence.

He said he had had two drinks the night before.

That didn't coincide with the manner he was presenting in, his speech was slurred and he smelled of alcohol.

– Rebecca Laverick, Prosecuting

The prosecution said that Gibson, 30, had a previous conviction for drink-driving and driving without due care and attention in September 2015.