FORMER Sunderland striker Nicklas Bendtner has been slapped with a £4,750 fine for a hat-trick of driving offences.
The Danish star, who was on loan from Arsenal last season, was pulled over by police in his Audi Q7 on a slip road on the A184 at the White Mare Pool roundabout on May 13.
Officers checked the 24-year-old’s details and discovered that he did not have a driving licence, was not insured to drive the £40,000 car and his licence plates were not registered.
Bendtner was due at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on Friday to answer charges of driving without the correct licence, using a vehicle without insurance and two counts of driving a vehicle with a registration mark that does not conform with regulations.
He did not show up at the court and magistrates found the case proved in his absence.
Rachael Dodsworth, prosecuting, said: “It was 6.50pm on May 13 when police stopped the defendant’s silver Audi Q7.
“There was no trace of the registration number and there was no insurance on the car.”
Magistrates fined him £4,750 and added six points to his licence. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs.