Cipriani guilty of drunk driving

2016-06-24 14:01
Danny Cipriani (Gallo)

London - England rugby star Danny Cipriani was convicted of drunk driving on Friday after crashing his Mercedes into a taxi following a night out.

A London court heard the Wasps flyhalf, then with Sale Sharks, was so drunk his eyes were "glazed" after the crash on June 1, 2015 in Fulham.

The 28-year-old, who was found to be over twice the drink-drive limit, was ordered to pay a total of $7 620 in fines and costs and banned from driving for 18 months.

Cipriani claimed he was "shocked" that the breathalyser was positive, despite admitting he had drunk two espresso martinis and a glass of champagne less than an hour earlier.

"I was not drunk, I felt fine," he said.

His case has been long and protracted after his lawyer, Philip Lucas, tried to get it dismissed, arguing there was not "sufficient" evidence that the test in the police station was working properly.

Cipriani's solicitors said he would appeal against Thursday's judgement. "Cipriani maintains his innocence and has always disputed being the cause of an accident," they said.

Read more on:    england  |  danny cipriani  |  rugby


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Which of the 4 South African team will finish with the fewest Super Rugby SA Conference points?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.