Chelsea star Obi lands 15 month driving ban for snubbing safety course

24 April 2009 02:43
Chelsea star John Mikel Obi was banned from the roads for 15 monthstoday for drink driving after rejecting a court offer to undertake adriving safety course.

Obi, 21, was found to be almost twice the limit when stopped by policein his black Range Rover in west London, on January 24.

District Judge Jeremy Coleman banned him from driving for 15 months andordered him to pay £1,580 at West London Magistrates' Court.

Mikel, who appeared in the dock wearing an Armani navy blue sweater, looked stumped as he was ordered to stop driving.

His solicitor said he would not undertake a drink driving course toshorten the ban because he 'would just like to serve it out'.

Banned: Obi arriving at court today and in action for Chelsea

Midfielder Mikel,who admitted the charge, had been out to dinner and drunk between fourand five glasses of wine after watching his team beat Ipswich in an FA Cup tie at StamfordBridge, the court heard.

Prosecutor Fubhanur Chowdhury said hewas stopped by a police patrol after officers saw him driving quicklyand thought it was suspicious.

He said: 'Mr Mikel was stopped at 5.15am in the early morning in Fulham.

'The reason he was stopped is he was driving at speed. The officers became suspicious of the manner in which he was driving.

'Theycould smell alcohol on his breath. There were three attempts to providea sample and the result was positive. He was arrested and taken toFulham Police Station.'

Obi was found to have 66 micrograms ofalcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the court heard. This is nearlytwice the legal limit.

A second charge of driving without aproper licence was withdrawn after it was disclosed the Nigeriainternational held a valid international licence.

The £40,000-a-week star, who lives in Esher, Surrey, was accompanied in court by his agent and several friends.

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Source: Daily_Mail

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