Derby County’s Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett have been sentenced after they were involved in a car crash back in September.
Their punishment is that they have to serve a 12-month community orders, 180 hours of unpaid work and are disqualified from driving for two years.
It came after they pleaded guilty to drink-driving and failing to stop at the scene of an accident on the 24th of September.
Both were previously fined six weeks’ wages by Derby and given 80-hour community service orders.
The court heard that Lawrence hit Bennett’s car before colliding with a road sign before leaving team-mate Richard Keogh at the scene where paramedics then arrived.
Bennett admitted he had a drink of alcohol but was ‘perfectly normally’ when the crash happened. He panicked, and then returned following a call by Lawrence.
It was revealed that Lawrence was “quite dependent” on alcohol since the death of his mum, which he was very close with. Shaun Draycott, defending Lawrence, said he made a “gross error of judgement” which is a “matter of extreme regret”.
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Keogh ended up getting ruled out for up to 15 months for picking up “serious knee injury” in the crash.
Bennett and Lawrence took breathalyser tests, Bennett’s alcohol level was at 64 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath and Lawrence had 58mcg per 100ml with legal limit in England at 35mcg per 100ml.
Bennett was sick at the pub after being “pressured” to drink a Jagerbomb shot by his fellow team-mates.
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District Judge Jonathan Taaffee warned the players that a prison sentence was an option because they had passengers in the car and they fled the scene.
They both walked away from court after probation services told the hearing about concerns they would struggle in custody.
Taafee said: “You are extremely fortunate to be here today.
“You had been drinking and have been involved in a road traffic collision that could have led to death.
“You are both intelligent and talented young men who have brought shame upon yourselves, your family, your profession and your club.”
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