Zak Hardaker: Wigan Warriors player admits drink-driving

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The 26-year-old signed for Wigan Warriors in May

England and Wigan Warriors rugby league player Zak Hardaker has pleaded guilty to drink-driving.

The 26-year-old full-back was arrested in Pontefract, West Yorkshire, in the early hours of 26 September and charged later that day.

Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard he attempted to avoid police officers by taking his car down a cul-de-sac and running away on foot.

Hardaker, of Pontefract, was given a 20-month ban from driving.

The player, who is nearing the end of a 14-month ban from rugby for cocaine use and joined Wigan in May, also received a £1,810 fine.

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The court heard officers later visited his home, with Hardaker claiming not to have been the driver or the owner of the Ford Fiesta.

He was found to be at more that twice the drink drive limit and told officers he had two gins and six pints.

Nick Hammond, defending, told how the conviction could have a “devastating effect” on the sportsman’s career.

His bid to run away was a “very amateurish attempt to avoid the attentions of the police”, he added.

At the time, his club said in a statement: “The player is co-operating with the police investigation. Wigan Warriors will allow the legal process to take its course.”

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