Irish soccer star Gibson gets driving ban after ploughing into three cyclists
Irish soccer star Darron Gibson has been hit with a 12-month community order and banned from driving for 20 months after he ploughed into three cyclists and drove off.
Gibson (27) was also over the legal drink-drive limit when his sports car mounted the pavement and struck the men who had stopped at the roadside to fix a broken bicycle chain.
The Everton midfielder then sped off in his black Nissan Skyline GT-R Nismo from the injured trio before he pulled into a nearby petrol station on the morning of August 16 in Bowdon, Cheshire.
Police were called by a concerned garage attendant after Gibson hit a petrol pump and began filling his vehicle with fuel while wearing no shoes.
Officers noticed an "obvious strong smell of alcohol" from Gibson's breath, and the footballer and his vehicle were then identified by one of the cyclists.
Gibson was arrested and taken to a police station where he gave a reading of 57 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath - the legal limit being 35.
Oliver Jarvis, defending, told the court: "The tone of mitigation is of remorse, apology, embarrassment, shame and regret."
The solicitor said Gibson had never had any disciplinary issues at Everton Football Club.
"This is a man who has led an impeccable life until this appalling catalogue of offending behaviour that morning. I make no excuses. He specifically asks me not to make any for him," he said.
"The defendant had been out the night before to celebrate a birthday with some of the other players at Everton. The wives were out separately.
"On the night out he drank mainly lager and later one or two vodkas".
The solicitor said Gibson, who did not usually drink, later had an argument at home with his wife, Danielle - who sat in the public gallery yesterday.
Jarvis said Gibson left their home in Bowdon "not going anywhere in particular".
He went on: "The defendant's recollection of the events is hazy. He accepts everything that has been said about him."
Yesterday, the Derryman plead guilty at Trafford Magistrates' Court to driving with excess alcohol, driving without due care and attention and failing to stop after aN accident had occurred.
Gibson must perform 200 hours of unpaid work as part of his community sentence and was ordered to pay £4,500 (€6,128) in damages caused to one of the bikes.
He was told to pay £1,000 (€1,362) compensation to the cyclist who he directly hit and £100 (€136) each to the two other men, plus court costs.