Ex-Premier League footballer Dean Saunders arriving at Chester Magistrates’ Court today where he was jailed for 10 weeks
Former Premier League star Dean Saunders has today been jailed for 10 weeks after failing to comply with a roadside breath test after he was caught in an ‘intoxicated’ state behind the wheel.
The former Wales, Liverpool and Aston Villa striker was stopped on suspicion of drink driving by police in Boughton, Chester, on May 10 and pleaded guilty by letter yesterday.
Saunders, from Whitegate near Northwich in Cheshire, had initially denied both charges at an earlier hearing.
He was also banned from driving for 30 months at Chester Magistrates’ Court this morning.
The 55-year-old was also charged with failing to provide a specimen later that day at Blacon Police Station in relation to the same incident.
A separate charge of dangerous driving was dropped by the prosecution.
Connor Johnstone, defending, had told the court that Saunders suffered from ongoing asthma problem, and told officers about it as he refused to provide a breath sample.
But Kerry Pepperall, prosecuting, claimed Saunders had not mentioned it during his arrest.
A review of CCTV and body-cam footage had not revealed whether Saunders had told officers, the court heard.
Ms Pepperall said the footage showed ‘an intoxicated person’ who was ‘highly under the influence of alcohol’ at the time.
Saunders is also a regular pundit on talkSPORT (pictured). He had denied both charges
Saunders (pictured arriving at court today), was warned by the judge he faced a custodial sentence if found guilty
He had been warned by district judge Nicholas Sanders he faced a custodial sentence if found guilty.
The judge said: ‘The sentence guidelines have a starting point of custody. I want you to be quite clear about that.
‘I am obliged to give you credit for a guilty plea in advance of a trial. A guilty plea would make a significant difference to sentencing if you are convicted.’
Failing to provide a specimen for analysis when told to by police officers can carry a maximum sentence, if convicted, of six months in prison and a driving ban.
In an illustrious playing career, Saunders was capped 75 times at senior level for Wales between 1986 and 2001, scoring 22 times.
He is also a regular pundit on talkSPORT.