Jack Grealish banned from driving for nine months and handed £82,000 fine
express– Aston Villa and England star Jack Grealish has been banned from driving for nine months and handed an £82,000 fine after pleading guilty to two offences. The midfielder crashed his Range Rover just six days into the first national lockdown.
Grealish arrived at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court shortly after 9.30am on Tuesday ahead of his sentencing.
The midfielder had previously admitting two counts of careless driving during the first national lockdown.
Grealish crashed his Range Rover into three parked vehicles in Solihull back on March 29.
CCTV footage of Grealish’s Range Rover clipping a parked car and then veering into a wall was shown to the court.
On October 18 Grealish landed himself in trouble again.
The 25-year-old is said to have been travelling at speeds of up to 98mph on a 70mph on the M42.
Grealish apologised for the first incident on social media hours afterwards saying he was ‘deeply embarrassed’.
The first incident took place just 24 hours after issuing a Twitter video urging fans to stay at home to protect the NHS.
In mitigation for the two offences of careless driving, Grealish’s lawyer John Dye, told the judge: “Mr Grealish acknowledges his driving on those two occasions was very poor.
“He’s deeply ashamed about that.
“I often stand up here and we do represent all sorts of people, and (they) talk about remorse, but this is someone who is genuinely sorry.
“Not just because reputationally this is problematic for him but he is genuinely sorry.”
“The big headline is he is deeply sorry, he’s deeply ashamed about being here at this court – his home court, in the circumstances he finds himself in.”
District judge John Bristow said breaching lockdown was an ‘aggravating’ factor in the footballer’s offending.
He told Grealish: “You should have been at home. You do not assert you had any proper reason not to be.
“You should not have been driving on March 29 – this is a further aggravating feature.”
He added: “The two offences were committed within seven months of each other, you have caused damage by your driving and you have driven in an intimidating way at excessive speeds on a motorway.”
The Aston Villa and England man has had a much better year on the pitch though.
Grealish has forced his way into the England squad ahead of the rescheduled Euro 2020 next summer.
He has netted six times as well as providing six assists for his team-mates in just 11 appearances.