Clarke Carlisle given driving ban

Ex-footballer Clarke Carlisle arrives for sentencing at Highbury Magistrates Court in London after he pleaded guilty to a drink-driving charge.

Ex-footballer Clarke Carlisle arrives for sentencing at Highbury Magistrates Court in London after he pleaded guilty to a drink-driving charge.

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Former footballer Clarke Carlisle has been banned from driving for three years and ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid community work after pleading guilty to a drink-driving offence.

The 35-year-old former Balshaw’s pupil who also played for Burnley and Blackpool, pleaded guilty at Highbury Magistrates Court to failing to provide a specimen and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

The court heard when police stopped Carlisle he was eating a burrito at the wheel of his Mercedes and he refused to give a breath sample until he had sought legal advice, which his defence team stated was a mistake on his part, though he was said to be “polite and cooperative” at the station.

It was two days after his arrest that Carlisle tried to take his own life by jumping in front of a lorry near York. He received serious injuries and was hospitalised before being admitted for treatment at a mental health unit. The district judge hearing the case described it as “a moment of personal crisis”.