Footballer fined for drink-driving

Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger has been fined £3,000 and banned from the roads for 12 months for drink-driving.

The 20-year-old footballer pleaded guilty after he was pulled over on September 11 and arrested.

A total of 94 milligrammes of alcohol - 14 milligrammes over the limit - was found in his blood during tests after he was caught driving his personalised black and white Range Rover in Newcastle city centre.

Geoffrey Forrester, who was defending, told the court that Ranger had "no idea" he was over the limit at the time.

He said: "It's important that he was just the wrong side of the limit."

Ranger, who lives in North Tyneside, was given credit for his early guilty plea and Keith McIntosh, chairman of the bench at Newcastle Magistrates' Court, said the fine was based on the footballer's salary.

Receiving Premier League wages could work in the youngster's favour as he now faces higher car insurance costs as a result of the incident.

Ranger, who wore a suit and trainers for the hearing, has also been handed a £15 surcharge and £85 of costs.

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