Former Yeovil Town loan defender Steven Caulker has been given a driving ban following an incident earlier this month in Windsor. The Queens Park Rangers player appeared at Slough Magistrates today, charged with failing to provide a specimen for breath analysis required under the Road Traffic Act 1988.
The incident occurred in the Victoria Street multi-storey car park in Windsor, shortly after Caulker was seen leaving a kebab takeaway. He was stopped by police. As he failed to provide a breath test, he was arrested, and appeared in court this morning.
Caulker was fined £12,500 for the offence, with a further £255 for court costs, and has been given an 18 month driving ban. He remains on the books of Queens Park Rangers, although has not played since October 2016, due to a hip injury. The prosecutor in court today said of Caulker's actions:
"Mr Caulker was seen to drive, on closed circuit television footage, a black Range Rover estate vehicle at a car park in Victoria Street in Windsor. When police arrived he was standing next to the vehicle. The keys were on the driver's seat and the vehicle was parked. The vehicle was positioned with the driver's door open and the engine running. He was parked after trying to leave the car park by the barrier. He was given three opportunities to provide a breath sample but he was arrested and taken to Maidenhead Police Station. He was asked again to provide a sample but refused."
Caulker has issued his own statement through his solicitor, with the court confirming that he pleaded guilty to the offence before the hearing:
"The first thing Mr Caulker has asked me to say is that he unreservedly apologies for this offence. He is a professional footballer at Queens Park Rangers and as a professional, accepts the consequences of not complying as he should have done. He has had time to reflect on that and accepts that it was not the right thing to do. He is not proud of his behaviour. He is a man often in the spotlight because of his career and that means when he puts a foot wrong the public and tabloid press are there to capture his every detail. He drives to training every day but he can of course get taxis. The real inconvenience is he will not be able to see his young son who lives with his mother in Somerset. The reality is that he probably won't be able to see him as often and perhaps that is the punishment of this."
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