Footballer Jack Grealish pleads guilty to March lockdown careless driving charge

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Aston Villa and England footballer Jack Grealish has admitted careless driving in connection with a crash during March's coronavirus lockdown.

The 25-year-old club captain pleaded guilty to two charges, including one linked to an early-morning incident in which his £80,000 Range Rover damaged parked vehicles on March 29, six days after nationwide restrictions were imposed.

Grealish did not appear at Birmingham Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, but, entering pleas through his lawyer, admitted driving without due care during the accident in Dickens Heath, near Solihull, West Midlands.

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Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish, arrives at Birmingham Magistrates' Court, Birmingham, for sentencing after pleading guilty to two counts of driving without due care and attention.
Aston Villa captain, Jack Grealish, leaves Birmingham Magistrates' Court, Birmingham, after he was banned from driving for nine months and fined GBP 82,499 for two charges of careless driving.
A box of Cadbury Milk Tray on the pavement outside Birmingham Magistrates' Court after being presented to a member of the media by Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish's driver. Mr Grealish has been banned from driving for nine months and fined GBP 82,499 for two charges of careless driving.
Aston Villa captain, Jack Grealish (left), leaves Birmingham Magistrates' Court, Birmingham, after he was banned from driving for nine months and fined GBP 82,499 for two charges of careless driving.
A box of Cadbury Milk Tray on the pavement outside Birmingham Magistrates' Court after being presented to a member of the media by a man accompanying Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish to court. Mr Grealish has been banned from driving for nine months and fined GBP 82,499 for two charges of careless driving.
Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish (left), arrives at Birmingham Magistrates' Court, Birmingham, for sentencing after pleading guilty to two counts of driving without due care and attention.
Previously unissued screengrab taken from PA video dated 29/03/20 of damage to a Range Rover alleged to have been driven carelessly by Aston Villa Captain Jack Grealish in Dickens Heath, near Solihull, West Midlands. Grealish is due to appear in court charged with driving without due care and attention.
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FILE - In this July 23, 2014 file picture, Aston Villa forward Jack Grealish controls the ball against FC Dallas during an international friendly soccer match. A poster boy for the “too much, too soon” generation in English football, Jack Grealish is being warned that his party lifestyle could ruin his career after Aston Villa launched an investigation into his latest off-field antics. Grealish has generated more negative publicity after newspaper reports said police were called to a hotel where he was allegedly partying early Sunday.(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, file)
Aston Villa's Jack Grealish celebrates scoring his side's third goal against Rotherham United during the Sky Bet Championship match at Villa Park, Birmingham.
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Aston Villa's Jack Grealish celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game
Aston Villa's Jack Grealish celebrates after the final whistle
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Grealish, of Barnt Green, Worcestershire, was involved in the incident less than 24 hours after issuing a Twitter video message urging others to stay at home to save lives and protect the NHS.

The winger also admitted a second charge of careless driving committed on October 18 on the M42, the A446 and on Bodymoor Heath Road, the site of Villa's training complex.

Grealish had denied two other charges in connection with the Dickens Heath incident, of failing to stop and failing to report the incident, but the Crown Prosecution Service offered no evidence and the charges were dismissed.

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