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Newcastle player charged with drink-driving after being pulled over by cops

Newcastle United player Joelinton has been charged with drink-driving after being pulled over by cops in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The Times confirm that the 26 year old midfielder, was arrested at 1.20am after police pulled him over in the city.

He has now been charged and is due to appear at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court on the 26th of January.

Northumbria Police said: “Shortly before 1.20am today [Thursday] officers pulled over a vehicle in the Ponteland Road area of Newcastle and arrested the occupant,” a police spokesperson said.

“Joelinton Casio, 26, of Ponteland, has since been charged whilst above the prescribed limit for alcohol.

“He is due to appear before magistrates in Newcastle on January 26.”

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe and the Premier League club are aware of the incident and will no doubt take action.

The club won’t be commenting on the matter, with Eddie Howe due to face the media at the training ground at his pre-match press conference on Friday morning ahead of the visit of Fulham to St James’ Park on Sunday.

Joelinton, has been a key player under Howe and netted during Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Leicester in the last eight of the Carabao Cup. 

The father-of-two was named the club’s player of the year last season, with Tuesday’s goal being his third from 21 appearances this season and he has emerged as a fan favourite during the team’s climb to third in the Premier League.


You could be imprisoned, banned from driving and face a fine if you’re found guilty of drink-driving.

The actual penalty you get is up to the magistrates who hear your case, and depends on your offence.

You may be able to reduce your ban by taking a drink-drive rehabilitation scheme (DDRS) course if you’re banned from driving for 12 months or more. It’s up to the court to offer this.

You may get:

  • 3 months’ imprisonment
  • up to £2,500 fine
  • a possible driving ban

You may get:

  • 6 months’ imprisonment
  • an unlimited fine
  • a driving ban for at least 1 year (3 years if convicted twice in 10 years)

Refusing to provide a specimen of breath, blood or urine for analysis

You may get:

  • 6 months’ imprisonment
  • an unlimited fine
  • a ban from driving for at least 1 year

Causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink

You may get:

  • life imprisonment
  • an unlimited fine
  • a ban from driving for at least 5 years
  • an extended driving test before your licence is returned

You will not automatically get your licence back if you’re a high risk offender.

Other problems you could face

A conviction for drink-driving also means:

  • your car insurance costs will increase significantly
  • if you drive for work, your employer will see your conviction on your licence
  • you may have trouble travelling to countries like the USA

Twitter users reacted as the Newcastle player gets charged with drink-driving after being pulled over by cops…

@danl1983: Well deserved 🍺🍺 just leave the car at home next time joe 😂

@LloydArcher3: No Newcastle fans should be joking about this no matter how much he’s a fan favourite. Not good like seeing as though people are killed daily due to drink drivers, hopefully it knocks a bit of common sense into him. Shame to see this.

@wagnerpbello: Love the player but can’t support this.

@groves13_joey: Shame on him! Intriguing to see how Eddie responds to this. You’re better than this J7 😳

@Memecastle_Utd: Rare Joelinton L

@LukeButler8: Look, he done wrong. He now has to put it right. Luckily he has a good family around him, Eddie Howe will no doubt provide words of wisdom and support to him which will further strengthen their bond.

@Bob_Helpful: Oh Joe. You’re better than this

@JoeToonMad1: Shame on him. Good player with a bright future. Should be left out on Sunday. Hopefully he can make up for this silliness.

@XrpNufcFanRich: Ffs man. Knew it was all going too well.

@sporrendo: Oh… oh Joe. Not like this.

@wuds100: Howay Big Joe plenty of Taxis sitting about in January.

@StephenMKiernan: Call literally anyone man, we’ll wrap you in bubble wrap and get you home safe!

@ShakkaNUFC: Cant excuse drink driving we all said the same to Grealish, very disappointed. #joelinton

@TweedsideMags: Oh Joelinton man. 🍺🙄

@SpewingMagpie: Big fan of Joelinton but there is absolutely no excuse for a Premier League footballer on thousands of pounds a week to get behind the wheel after drinking. Why on earth would you not get a taxi #NUFC

@kainnufc: Ah, I almost forgot what it felt like to not have our players or the club do something embarrassing every other week. Stupid from Joelinton, he should know better – especially at 26. Blemish on his revival. Hope Howe handles it. Discipline, educate, improve. #nufc

@Devyn_NE: Joelinton if ya need a lift to the training ground give is a bell

@b3thabson: Joelinton has disappointed me so much. Drink driving is just utter stupidity, all that money just get a bloody taxi man

@NufcDetective: Very very poor from Joelinton. No excuse. Drink driving kills innocent lives. #NUFC

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