Former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton banned from driving


Former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton banned from driving

Celebrated goalkeeper and former England player Peter Shilton has been banned from driving for 20 months after being found with nearly twice the legal alcohol limit in his system.

The ex-England player was sentenced at Colchester Magistrates' Courts where he was also forced to pay a £1,020 fine - one that he requested to pay in instalments due to a 'complicated' financial situation stemming from a recent divorce.

Shilton was driving his 2010-registered Jaguar XF near Manor Road, Colchester, Essex on February 24 after enjoying a family celebration. The court heard he had been drinking wine but was unaware he was over the limit.

Prosecutor Joseph Stickings said police had received an anonymous tip-off that a man, who seemed drunk, had been driving nearby.

Mr Stickings said, "The officer spoke to him (Shilton) and could smell alcohol on his breath. He was tested and provided a positive breath test."

Paul Tawn, defending Shilton, said "He'd had a very pleasant day at a family celebration and had consumed wine with meals throughout the day.

"He had gone to move his car closer to his partner's address because he had an early start.

"He didn't travel far, just a couple of streets, and wasn't driving very quickly at all.

"He was aware he had consumed alcohol but it was throughout the day so he did not think he was over the limit – if he had, he would not have pulled up behind the police officer."

Shilton, who has capped 125 times for England and played in two European Cup finals said as he left court: "I've nothing to say, really, just that I had a very fair hearing."