Former Middlesbrough and Darlington footballer Dean Windass banned after drink driving (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Former Middlesbrough and Darlington footballer Dean Windass banned after drink driving
5:07pm Monday 15th October 2012 in News
FORMER Middlesbrough footballer Dean Windass has been banned from driving and ordered to do 250 hours of unpaid work after admitting being three times over the drink-drive limit when he crashed into a parked car.
Windass - who was also assistant manager at Darlington Football Club - was arrested after he drove his silver Mercedes into the other vehicle on Otley Road, Baildon, near Bradford.
Bradford Magistrates Court heard on Monday how the 43-year-old had been to the Hull City versus Blackpool match on October 3 and was heading home to his flat in the Menston area of Leeds.
Anzal Hussain, prosecuting, said Windass told police he had drunk two large glasses of wine and two pints of lager six hours before the crash, which happened at 5am.
Ms Hussain said he had 118 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.
Ms Hussain said Windass told police he had got lost on his way home.
He fell asleep and collided with a parked car, the prosecutor said.
Maria Temkow, defending, said her client had lost his self-respect to some extent.
She said Windass had no previous convictions but had been suffering from depression which had led to him into rehab this year.
But Ms Temkow said he was not a alcoholic.
She said: His problem isnt alcohol, its depression.
Windass was banned from driving for 28 months - a period which will reduce by 28 weeks if he completes an awareness course.
He was also ordered to complete 250 hours of unpaid work and pay 165 towards costs and a victims surcharge.