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Grealish handed nine-month driving ban after crashing Range Rover during lockdown

The Aston Villa and England footballer pleaded guilty to two charges — including hitting two parked vehicles in March.

Jack Grealish arriving at Birmingham Magistrates' Court today.
Jack Grealish arriving at Birmingham Magistrates' Court today.
Image: PA

ASTON VILLA CAPTAIN Jack Grealish has been banned from driving for nine months and fined a total of £82,499 (€90,617) after crashing his high-powered Range Rover during March’s Covid-19 lockdown.

The 25-year-old England international was sentenced at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, after previously pleading guilty to two charges, including one linked to the incident in which his 4×4 hit two parked vehicles in Dickens Heath, Solihull, West Midlands.

A judge was told that a witness said Grealish smelled of “intoxicating liquor” and was slurring his words immediately after the crash on 29 March.

Grealish was involved in the incident less than 24 hours after issuing a Twitter video message urging people to stay at home to save lives and protect the NHS.

dickens-heath-car-crash Grealish's Range Rover in Solihull back in March. Source: PA

He also pleaded guilty to a separate offence of careless driving after prosecutors said an unmarked police car spotted him driving at more than 90mph along the M42 at “close to an intimidating distance” on 18 October.

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Grealish was also ordered to pay costs of £220 (€241) and a victim surcharge of £181 (€198), taking his total in costs and fines to £82,900 (€90,617) – all payable within seven days.

The winger will also have to apply for a new licence, once his ban ends.

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