Former Manchester United and Darron Gibson has admitted drink-driving after smashing his Mercedes into parked cars on St Patrick’s Day while three times over the limit.
The 30-year-old midfielder was on his way to meet colleagues at Sunderland’s Academy of Light when he was involved in a collision on Dovedale Road on Saturday March 17.
The Republic of Ireland international, from Hale, Cheshire, was charged with drink-driving and appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court, where he pleaded guilty.
After he was charged Gibson and Sunderland ended his contract by mutual consent.
Republic of Ireland footballer Darron Gibson arrives in court (left) charged with drink-driving following a St Patrick’s Day crash
The 30-year-old midfielder was on his way to meet colleagues at Sunderland’s Academy of Light when he was involved in a collision on Dovedale Road on Saturday March 17 (pictured)
The court heard how earlier on in the day, the 30-year-old midfielder crashed into a taxi driver in Boldon, South Tyneside, causing the complainant’s wing mirror to come off, before driving off without giving his details.
He was breathalysed at the roadside of Dovedale Road and arrested when it was found that he had 95microgrammes of alcohol in his system.
The court also heard how Gibson, who recently parted ways with Sunderland Football Club, has previous convictions for driving offences – including drink driving after he ploughed into a group of cyclists then fled the scene in 2015.
Prosecutor Rebecca Laverick told the court: ‘He was involved in a number of collisions with a number of vehicles. He crashed into a number of parked vehicles.
‘Prior to that he had been seen by a taxi driver in West Boldon.’
Miss Laverick explained how Gibson’s grey 4×4 Mercedes collided with the taxi driver, knocking the wing mirror off.
She said that Gibson slowed down, so the taxi driver believed he was going to stop to exchange details – but the footballer drove off.