Driving ban for ex-Leeds United footballer Carlisle

Ex-footballer Clarke Carlisle arrives for sentencing at Highbury Magistrates Court in London after he pleaded guilty to a drink-driving charge.

Ex-footballer Clarke Carlisle arrives for sentencing at Highbury Magistrates Court in London after he pleaded guilty to a drink-driving charge.

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Former Leeds United footballer Clarke Carlisle has been banned for three years and order to do 150 hours unpaid community work after being found guily of drink driving.

Carlisle nearly crashed into a delivery lorry on December 20 just two days before he jumped into the path of a 12-ton lorry on the A64 near York, Highbury Magistrates’ Court in north London was told.

District judge Susan Williams told Carlisle that, although he had made a “positive contribution” in the world of others in football, that she had to sentence him for the risk he had created in driving “erratically”.

She told Carlisle that “ if you are not in control of your vehicle in a road in central London you represent a danger to people”.

Carlisle was ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months, his licence was endorsed and he was given a three year ban. He was also ordered to pay a £60 surcharge and £85 prosecution costs.

The former Professional Footballers’ Association chairman, who played for Burnley, Queens Park Rangers, and Northampton Town, admitted failing to provide a sample.

Carlisle has also previously pleaded guilty to a charge of driving otherwise in accordance with a licence on the same date, when police officers spotted him driving a Mercedes in an ‘’erratic’’ nature, the court heard.

Carlisle, smartly-dressed in a dark grey suit, said “thank you ma’am” as the district judge sentenced him and urged him to find help at a clinic for his mental health problems.

She told him that he is “a talented and resourceful man” who has been a positive influence to people, including to “those who are less fortunate than yourself”.

She also warned Carlisle that he must not get behind the wheel while he is banned.

Miss Judge had claimed that Carlisle still “has work to be done” to get to grips with his psychological condition but he has already taken steps which give him an insight in to his problems. Carlisle has this year admitted in media interviews that he has struggled with depression.

These incidents happened within weeks of Carlisle losing his job as a pundit on ITV.

He has a short-term contract as a commentator with a radio station but this ends in July.

Miss Judge said that Carlisle “wants to move on”, adding: “This is a man who does not simply get up in the morning and goes about his business. This is a man who does his utmost, striving over the weeks and months to do the best for the community.

“This (community work) is not something he had done to impress a court for sentence. This is something that Clarke Carlisle has done for years.”

Carlisle, a father-of-three, has “ no financial security after that”, she told the court.

Miss Judge also noted that he takes his financial responsibilities to his family seriously. Carlisle was hugged by friends who had sat in the public gallery to support him as he left court.

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