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Wrexham fans slam former drink-drive player for mocking the club as Dean Saunders is jailed

Wrexham fans have slammed their former player for mocking the National League club after reading that Dean Saunders has been jailed for drink-driving.

That player was James Hurst who retweeted stories on the ex-Wales striker whose driving was “atrocious” and he “couldn’t even stand up” whilst being arrested.

Hurst wrote on Twitter: “must be a Wrexham thing 🤣” and shared another another story and the same subject, he captioned “what a disgrace! Wrexham stars drink driving!!”.

Within the last two years, the player reportedly bragged to police he was a millionaire ‘star’ and told police they could “Google” him before having his appeal against a drinking and driving ban rejected.

Hurst allegedly told police when given his alcohol print-out: ”You can sell that.”

He went on to receive a 20 month ban for drink-driving and magistrates at Llandudno gave him a bill for £2,300, despite him claiming he was at the time unemployed and had no money but the judge ordered him to pay £620 costs.

PC Sarah Smith told court that she first noticed him driving down Wrexham High Street the wrong way, before being told to turn around and drive off after not smelling alcohol on him.

Though she returned to the police station only to find that CCTV caught him park his car and have a piss ‘outside a building society’.

She made her way back to the high street, told a bouncer to remove him from a pub, where he then looked unsteady and during a breath test he twice replied “no” to having alcohol in the last 20 minutes.

He told Caernarfon Crown Court he had drunk a small bottle of vodka after parking his Ford Focus car.

Judge Timothy Petts threw out the case and said Hurst had lied.

PC Anita Hickish said the player, who allegedly danced around when taken to Wrexham Police Station after being arrested: “I earn more than all of you put together. I’m a star.

Hurst told the appeal hearing the bottle of vodka had come from his car and he’d drunk it during 30 seconds off camera in the pool room of the pub. The prosecution claimed he had seven-and-a-half pints of Guinness earlier that day at another pub.

“Hurst told the appeal hearing the bottle of vodka had come from his car and he’d drunk it during 30 seconds off camera in the pool room of the pub. The prosecution claimed he had seven-and-a-half pints of Guinness earlier that day at another pub.

“But Judge Petts said only after being shown CCTV footage had Hurst come up with the story of drinking the vodka in the pub. The judge said he had “crafted his evidence.”

He had a breath-alcohol count of 60 – the legal limit being 35.

 

After coming across James Hurst’s tweets mocking his former club’s players for drink-driving, fans took to hit back at him – see what they had to say on the next page.

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