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Wales international Tom Lawrence sentenced for drink driving and fleeing crash scene

Credit: Derbyshire Roads Policing Unit

Wales international Tom Lawrence and his Derby teammate Mason Bennett have been banned from driving for two years after admitting drink-driving charges.

The pair were also sentenced to 12 months community order and 180 hours of unpaid work.

Both pleaded guilty at Derby Magistrates Court to drink-driving and failing to stop after a Range Rover Sport and Mercedes GLC crashed in Allestree, Derby on September 24.

Wrexham-born Lawrence and Mason Bennett were detained by police after the incident on the A6 near Allestree, Derby, shortly before midnight.

Midfielder Lawrence, 25, recorded a breath test reading of 58 microgrammes per 100ml and forward Bennett, 23, recorded a level of 64. The legal limit is 35.

Tom Lawrence arrives at Derby Magistrates Court Credit: PA Images

Earlier this month, the football club fined the pair the "equivalent of six weeks' wages" and condemned them for bringing the club into disrepute following the "alcohol-related incident" of September 24.

Prosecutor Marianne Connally, prosecuting, told the court both players were driving home at about 11.30pm following a night out at the Joiner's Arms pub in Derby.

Ms Connally said Lawrence's vehicle went into the rear of Bennett's car, causing some damage.

She said Lawrence's car then went across a roundabout and collided with "street furniture".

The prosecutor said a paramedic crew witnessed the crash "entirely by chance" and came to the aid of two passengers left at the scene as the defendants fled. One man was treated for facial injuries at the roadside.

She said Bennett left in his own car and the two passengers had been in Lawrence's vehicle.

The prosecutor said the pair returned to the scene about 45 minutes later and were arrested by police.

Both players also apologised.