CRICKET star Liam Plunkett has been caught out again after he was found behind the wheel drunk for the second time.
The Durham and England fast-bowler was red-eyed and slurring when police pulled him over in his Jaguar XJ, at the Leazes Bowl roundabout on the A690 in Durham.
Peterlee magistrates heard he had been going to buy food from a garage at 3.10am, having returned home from a night out with friends in a taxi.
Police checked the car, on loan to the international sportsman, after it was spotted without its headlights on.
Today, the 27-year-old begins a 40-month ban after admitting drink-driving on Saturday, July 28. He was also fined £1,000.
Tests showed he had 74 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The limit is 35 microgrammes.
Prosecutor Blair Martin said: “He failed a roadside test. He was arrested and taken to Durham City police station and provided two samples of breath.
“The defendant was co-operative, red-eyed and his speech was slightly slurred.”
Mr Martin said it was the second time Plunkett, of Roundhaven, Durham, had been charged with the offence. In 2007, he was banned for 20 months.
Mitigating, Mark Haslam said the cricketer was remorseful about his actions.
He added: “His decision to drive was completely unjustified and illogical and he should not have driven.
“Clearly those who employ him are not very thrilled about this case, because it will attract some adverse publicity for him and his employers and that will result in internal disciplinary hearing, which is yet to take place.”