Australia international cricketer James Faulkner has been fined £10,000 and has received a two-year driving ban after admitting drink-driving.
The Aussie cricketer is currently in UK, playing for Lancashire. The Lancashire all-rounder was nearly three times over the legal limit when his Toyota car hit the back of another vehicle in West Didsbury, Manchester.
The 25-year-old had been out at a restaurant on 2 July but drove home to avoid walking a mile in heavy rain, Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard. He claimed it as an “error in judgement”.
Cricket Australia website released a statement of apology from James Faulkner. He said that “I can’t excuse my actions and understand that I have let people down.”
District Judge Mark Hadfield told him: “I am sure you accept it was foolhardy in the extreme to get behind the wheel of your vehicle having been out for a meal with your friend.”
The judge said he reached the fine figure after he ruled out an unpaid work community order or a curfew because it was “unworkable” in the defendant’s circumstances.
Six character references were handed to the judge which spoke of Faulkner “in glowing terms”, including one from Lancashire’s director of cricket, Ashley Giles, who was present in court.
Faulkner, who is not part of Australia’s 17-man Ashes squad, was named man of the match in this year’s cricket World Cup final.
Faukner has been given four match suspension from Australia’s tour of England and Ireland due to the crime he commited. His contract with Lancashire expires on August 21st.