Hugo Lloris accepts drink-drive charge

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World Cup-winning captain Hugo Lloris has admitted being
more than twice the drink-drive limit when he was stopped
by police in central London.
The Tottenham and France goalkeeper was charged following
a routine patrol stop in Gloucester Place, Marylebone, in the
early hours of 24 August.
The 31-year-old, of East Finchley, pleaded guilty when he
appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
He was fined £50,000 and banned from driving for 20
months.
The court heard police in an unmarked car spotted Lloris’
Porsche Panamera driving at 15mph (24kph) in a 30mph
(48kph) zone.
He veered his car “towards parked vehicles” before
correcting himself and went through a red light, prosecutor
Henry Fitch said.
When officers stopped the vehicle, they found vomit and said
Lloris had to be helped from the car.
Magistrate Amanda Barron said it was “pure luck” Lloris “did
not cause damage to other vehicles or pedestrians”, and his
actions had put his and his passenger’s lives at risk.
The court was told the Spurs goalkeeper provided a sample
containing 80 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of
breath.
The legal limit in England and Wales is 35 micrograms.
David Sonn, defending, said Lloris had been dining in a
restaurant where he was showered with drinks from fellow
diners.
“On July 15 he was arguably the proudest man on the planet
[having captained France to the World Cup victory],” Mr Sonn
said.
“Just 40 days later, he was arrested. He experienced the
indignity of being handcuffed and put in a police station
overnight.
“The spectacular fall from grace is not lost on Mr Lloris,” he
said.
When sentencing, the magistrate said the fine represented
the seriousness of the offence as well as the goalkeeper’s
financial means.
The Spurs captain has been with the club since 2012.

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