Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger will have to pay £3,400 in court costs, after he pleaded guilty yesterday to drunk-driving.
Nile Ranger – pleaded guilty – got reduced fine
The London-born player admitted to the drunk driving offense yesterday in court, after he had been stopped by police when he was driving his new Range Rover early one Sunday morning, when he should have been tucked up in bed and asleep.
At 4.45am on Sunday morning, September 11th, police stopped Ranger on Collingwood Street in the Newcastle city center, and since he appeared to be intoxicated they gave him a breathalyzer test on the spot.
Ranger was then arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, and after being taken to the City police station, he was given a a more formal blood test, which revealed that his blood alcohol level was just over the legal limit.
Nile had 94 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood, and the legal limit is 80 – tough.
Geoffrey Forrester represented Ranger, and he had this to say in court yesterday:
“It is unfortunate he is just the wrong side of the legal limit,”
“If he had been more aware of the effects of alcohol he would not have been anywhere near that,”
Mr Forrester asked for Ranger to be put on a drink-driving awareness course as part of his punishment, and also asked for leniency because of his early guilty plea.
The Chairman of the Bench Keith McIntosh had this to say to Ranger:
“It does not matter if you are on a high or low salary,” “When someone has a drink they are not aware how much they have drunk in regards to the law.”
“You are over the limit, it is as simple as that, the best advice we can give is do not drink if you are going to drive.”
Ranger was offered the drink driving awareness course which he will take, and the fine has reduced from an initial £4,950 to £3,300 for his early guilty plea.
Ranger has also been disqualified from driving for 12 months, but if he successfully completes the drink-driving awareness course, that period will be reduced to nine months.
Nile may not have a future at Newcastle and it is likely he will leave the club in January, either on loan, or on a permanent deal, with Birmingham City said to be a suitor.
It’s always sad to see a youngster not using the immense talent he has been blessed with.
And while we hope Nile Ranger comes to his senses and quickly, he seems to be way off course right now, if he is to have a successful career in football.
You can lead a horse to water but you cannot make him drink.