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Alex Roos, Staffer

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On September 1, Wayne Rooney, former international footballer, was stopped while driving through Wilmslow, Cheshire at two a.m. by U.K. police. The police saw Rooney driving a Volkswagen Beetle with a tail light out, and decided to pull him over. When asked if he had been drinking by the officer Rooney said he had “a few”. Rooney was almost three times over the legal limit for alcohol in his system, so the police charged him with a drunk driving offense. Rooney was also driving a female passenger while intoxicated.

Rooney wrote a letter to the court expressing his remorse about the incident, where Rooney was pulled over and found to be intoxicated.

Rooney pleaded guilty to the drunk driving charges at the Stockport Magistrates Court. John Temperley, the district judge at Stockport magistrates court, said he would not impose a fine on the Everton forward and instead banned him from the roads for two years.  Rooney was also fined two weeks wages by his team, Everton, estimated to be $300,000.

“I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you this was a serious offence,” Temperley said to Rooney as reported on The Guardian. “You were driving a motor vehicle almost three times the legal limit and you were carrying a female passenger, which was an aggravating feature and you put other road users at risk.”

Before Rooney entered the building he was met with a swarm of photographers, although the famous soccer player had no comment.

“Following today’s court hearing I want publicly to apologise for my unforgivable lack of judgment in driving while over the legal limit,” Rooney said on his official website after the plea. “It was completely wrong. I have already said sorry to my family, my manager and chairman and everyone at Everton FC.

Now I want to apologise to all the fans and everyone else who has followed and supported me throughout my career. Of course I accept the sentence of the court and hope that I can make some amends through my community service.”

 

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