Former England footballer Ray Wilkins has been given a 10-week suspended jail sentence for ingesting and driving.
Wilkins, who pleaded responsible, was seen in his Mercedes in the midst of a bus lane on the A4 in London on 1 July.
Uxbridge Magistrates’ Courtroom heard he additionally struck a kerb and was seen ingesting alcohol from a bottle whereas driving, earlier than making an attempt a U-turn.
Wilkins, 59, who informed the courtroom he was an alcoholic, was practically thrice over the authorized restrict.
The courtroom was informed a passer-by took his keys from the automotive to forestall an accident from taking place.
A police automotive was flagged down and the officer observed Wilkins’ eyes had been “glazed, he was unsteady on his ft and there was a scent of alcohol coming from him”.
Wilkins, of Cobham, Surrey, is at present present process a residential rehabilitation course on the Priory Hospital in Woking, the courtroom heard.
The previous Chelsea and Manchester United star additionally has two earlier convictions for ingesting and driving.
‘I’m an addict’
His lawyer Sarah-Kate McIntyre mentioned her consumer was “ashamed and embarrassed” to be within the dock.
Wilkins informed District Decide Tim Boswell he recognised that “abstinence is the one method I can management this example”.
Sentencing the previous footballer, the decide mentioned he appreciated that Wilkins had a “real want to vary”.
Along with the suspended sentence, he gave Wilkins a four-year driving ban and ordered him to carry out 140 hours of neighborhood service.
Outdoors courtroom, Wilkins mentioned: “I will probably be judged on the crime I’ve dedicated and that’s 100% (proper).
“I solely ask I cannot be judged on the alcohol drawback I’ve. I’m an addict.”
Wilkins performed 84 occasions for England together with on the 1986 Mexico World Cup.