Footballer Wayne Rooney has pleaded guilty to drink driving on a night out while his pregnant wife and their three sons were on holiday. The Everton striker, 31, arrived at Stockport Magistrates’ Court after he was stopped while driving a black Volkswagen Beetle in Wilmslow, Cheshire, at 2am on September 1.
He was banned from driving for two years and given a 12-month community order as well as being told to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work. Rooney said in a statement: ‘Following today’s court hearing I want publicly to apologise for my unforgivable lack of judgement in driving while over the legal limit. It was completely wrong.
‘I have already sorry to my family, my manager and chairman and everyone at Everton FC.
‘Now I want to apologise to all the fans and everyone else who has followed and supported me throughout my career.
Rooney could bee seen wearing his wedding ring before he put his hands in his pockets (Picture: LNP)
‘Of course I accept the sentence of the court and hope that I can make some amends through my community service.’
Rooney entered Court Two at just before 10.30am in a dark blue suit and black tie, and sat in the public gallery next to his agent Paul Stretford.
Less than a minute later he was called into the dock to confirm his full name, Wayne Mark Rooney, his address and date of birth.
He briefly had his hands in his pockets as he walked into the dock but swiftly moved them behind his back as he faced the judge.
When asked how he pleaded to the charge that he drove under the influence of alcohol while over the prescribed limit, he replied guilty.