Drink-driver Peter Shilton banned after police received tip-off
Former Leicester City and England goalkeeper Peter Shilton has been banned from the road after admitting drink-driving.
The 63-year-old pleaded guilty to the charge during a 15-minute hearing at Colchester Magistrates' Court yesterday. He was found to have more than double the legal amount of alcohol in his system when he was breathalysed on February 24.
Shilton was driving a 2010-registered Jaguar XF near the home of his girlfriend, in Manor Road, Colchester, Essex, and was caught following an anonymous tip-off to police.
As he left court, Shilton, England's most capped player, said: "I've nothing to say, really – just that I had a very fair hearing."
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Magistrate Ilona Perkins-Van Mil banned Shilton from driving for 20 months and ordered him to pay fines and costs totalling £1,020.
The court heard Shilton had been drinking wine at a family celebration throughout the day but did not think he was over the limit.
Prosecutor Joseph Stickings said police were called to Ms Hayward's home at 8.35pm.
They had received an anonymous tip-off that a man, who seemed drunk, had been driving nearby.
"As police were speaking to a woman at the address, Shilton pulled up behind the police car," Mr Stickings said. "The officer spoke to him and could smell alcohol on his breath. He was tested and provided a positive breath test."
Shilton, of Red Lane, Burton Green, Kenilworth, spoke only to confirm his name and address and enter a plea.
Paul Tawn, mitigating, said Shilton would find it difficult to pay any fine because his finances were "complicated" as he is going through a divorce and selling his house.
Mr Tawn said: "He'd had a very pleasant day at a family celebration and had consumed wine with meals throughout the day.
"He had gone to move his car closer to his partner's address because he had an early start.
"He didn't travel far, just a couple of streets, and wasn't driving very quickly at all.
"He was aware he had consumed alcohol but it was throughout the day so he did not think he was over the limit – if he had, he would not have pulled up behind the police officer."
Mr Tawn described the arrest as a "matter of deep regret" for Shilton, who already had three points on his licence following a speeding offence in March 2011.
Ms Perkins-Van Mil warned Shilton he could face custody if he breached the ban and ordered him to pay the fine in full before leaving the building.
Shilton made 125 appearances for his country.
He played more than 1,000 competitive matches for 11 different clubs during his career. He played for Leicester from 1966 to 1974.