Dragons coach McGregor 'heavily fined' over drink-driving charge


St George Illawarra Dragons have fined head coach Paul McGregor after he was arrested for drink-driving.

McGregor was pulled over last Sunday the morning before the Dragons beat Sydney Roosters 20-18.

Dragons head coach since 2014, McGregor appears safe in his job for now after the franchise confirmed the matter had been handled in-house, although the NRL are yet to release a statement on the matter.

An apologetic McGregor labelled the incident "a gross error of misjudgement".

"I was in total disbelief at the reading given the time frame between my last drink and the incident," he told the Dragons' official website.

"I'm extremely disappointed with myself and totally understand the problems that can and could have arisen from my poor decision.

"It was a mistake, a gross error of judgement and one that I deeply regret."

Dragons CEO Peter Doust added: "Paul informed management at the time of the incident and the matter was dealt with internally. The Dragons have today provided the NRL with a full report. 

"Paul has been sanctioned by the club, heavily fined and he understands that his actions contravene his responsibilities as head coach.

"Paul had spent his day-off with friends and family at a charity event, had a full night's sleep, was up working, had breakfast and then jumped in his car to drive, not thinking that he would be over the limit.

"Paul understands the seriousness of the matter, regrets his error of judgement, is extremely remorseful and has accepted the sanctions determined by the club."