Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett plead guilty to drink-driving

Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett plead guilty to drink-driving

Mason Bennett (left) and Tom Lawrence (right)

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Mason Bennett (left) and Tom Lawrence (right) were apprehended after a crash in the Allestree area of Derby.

Derby County footballers Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett have actually avoided prison after pleading guilty to drink-driving.

The set were over the limit when their automobiles crashed on the A6 near Allestree in Derby after a team-building supper.

At the city’s magistrates’ court they also admitted failing to stop at the scene of the crash on 24 September.

Lawrence and Bennett were purchased to perform 180 hours of overdue work, provided a 12- month community order and banned from driving for 2 years.

District Judge Jonathan Taaffe had alerted them a jail sentence was an option, as travelers were in the vehicles and they had actually left the scene.

Sentencing, he said the “intelligent and talented young guys” had actually “brought pity upon yourselves, your household, your profession and your club”.

Marianne Connally, prosecuting, stated the gamers were driving home at about 23: 30 BST after a night out at the Joiner’s Arms club.

Lawrence’s automobile smashed into the back of Bennett’s, before continuing throughout a roundabout and hitting “street furnishings”, she added.

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The club stated the set had actually been fined the maximum their contracts would permit.

Ms Connally stated a paramedic crew saw the crash “completely by chance” and came to the aid of 2 passengers at the scene as the defendants left.

Lawrence and Bennett, 23, returned to the scene about 45 minutes later and were apprehended.

Derby captain Richard Keogh, who was a guest in one of the cars and trucks, sustained a knee injury that has ruled him out for approximately 15 months.

The court heard Welsh international Lawrence, 25, gave a breath test reading of 58 mcg per 100 ml and Bennett a reading of64 The legal limitation is 35 mcg per 100 ml.

Lucy Whitaker, protecting Bennett, said he had been ill at the club after being “forced” to consume a Jagerbomb shot by team-mates.

He admitted he had drunk “some alcohol”, however was driving “perfectly usually” when the crash occurred, she stated.

Bennett “panicked” and then left the scene, before returning after he got a call from Lawrence, the court heard.

Shaun Draycott, protecting Lawrence, said referrals – consisting of from Wales manager Ryan Giggs – suggested he was a “good boy who behaved out of character”.

Mr Draycott stated Lawrence had become “rather reliant” on alcohol considering that the death of his mom, to whom he was very close.

Lawrence had made a “gross mistake of judgement” which is a “matter of severe remorse”, he added.

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Richard Keogh has been dismissed for 15 months due to an injury sustained in the crash.

The district judge told Lawrence, of Duffield, and Bennett, of Whaley Thorns near Mansfield, someone could have died in the crash.

” Much of the supporters who pay their money to see you will be incredulous that expert athletes on a so-called team-building day throughout the season are drinking and after that taking the decision to drive,” he said.

He informed them the most annoying function was that they “left the scene when a fellow specialist was injured in among the automobiles”.

The decision to leave may have been an act of panic or “possibly to conserve your own skins, when you realised the magnitude of what had taken place”, the judge added.

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The players made no remark as they left court after the hearing.

Lawrence signed for Derby from Leicester City for ₤ 5m in August 2017, while Bennett came through the Rams’ youth system.

The set were fined 6 weeks’ salaries by the club after the crash – the maximum their agreements would permit.

Ch Insp Jim Thompson, head of roads policing at Derbyshire Authorities, said: “The actions of Mason Bennett and Tom Lawrence on that night were reckless, self-centered and might quickly have resulted in a death.

” My officers have to speak with the loved ones of victims of drink drivers and I hope the pair think long and hard about their actions and what could have been.”

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