Player's drink-drive fine and ban

23 November 2009 01:21
A Cardiff City and Scotland striker who crashed his car on a night out has been fined and banned from driving for 17 months after admitting drink-driving.Ross McCormack, 23, left his personalised number plate behind when he fled the scene of the collision last month, Cardiff magistrates were told. [LNB]But he was caught after police found the registration plate in the road. [LNB]McCormack, of Cardiff Bay, who was almost double the drink-drive limit, was fined £2,500 with £100 costs. [LNB]The court heard that police checks on the number plate revealed McCormack was the Range Rover's owner. [LNB]Officers called at his home and he admitted being over the limit when he crashed into the fence after a night out. [LNB]The court heard he was nearly double the drink-drive limit, with 67 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35. [LNB]Sarah Asbrey, prosecuting, said: "McCormack was driving his silver Range Rover Sport when he collided with metal railings. [LNB]"Police found a number plate and traced Ross McCormack as the vehicle's owner. [LNB]"He was questioned at his home. McCormack said he had been the driver and he hadn't drunk any alcohol since returning home." [LNB]'Brought shame'[LNB]The court was told he had been drinking at a friend's home and during a meal in Cardiff city centre. [LNB]The player crashed his vehicle into railings outside a Harvester restaurant just before 3.45am in Cardiff Bay. [LNB]The former Rangers and Motherwell striker, capped four times by Scotland, was not hurt in the crash and no other vehicle was involved. [LNB]Mark Hathan, defending, said: "Mr McCormack was foolish and idiotic to get in the vehicle in his condition. He has brought shame on himself, his employers at Cardiff City and his profession." [LNB]He said Cardiff City would be carrying out separate disciplinary procedures. [LNB]McCormack was fined £2,500 with an additional £100 in costs and victim surcharge. [LNB]Cardiff City declined to comment.

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