Wayne Rooney ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work and banned from road after pleading guilty to drink driving charge
The Everton and ex-Manchester United striker was also ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order at Stockport magistrates’ court.
The 31-year-old stared straight ahead as he pleaded guilty to being almost three times over the drink drive limit when he was stopped by police at around 2am on September 1 while drunkenly driving a woman home.
Rooney’s pregnant wife Coleen was on holiday in Mallorca with their three children at the time of his arrest.
Coleen was nowhere to be seen this morning as Rooney, England’s record goalscorer, was whisked into court past photographers by police and security, accompanied by his agent Paul Stretford.
His lawyer, Michael Rainford, said Rooney had faced unbelievable media focus since his arrest, adding: “He has not only let himself down very badly, he has let his family down, and his wife and three young children.
Outlining the case, prosecutor Kate Gaskell said the police officer who stopped Rooney wanted to speak to him about a faulty rear light.
He approached the driver side and recognised the driver to be Wayne Rooney – there was a female passenger in the passenger seat, she said.
He noticed intoxicants on his breath. He (Rooney) said he had had a few drinks, and was then asked to do a breathalyser test.
Rooney has 104 micrograms of alcohol in his breath when he was stopped at around 2am in Altringham Road, Wilmslow, nearly three times the legal limit.
He was driving Laura Simpson’s VW Beetle at the time, having met the office worker that evening during a night out at the trendy Bubble Room bar in Alderley Edge.
Mrs Rooney has since been pictured without her £250,000 wedding ring and £200,000 engagement ring on, as rumours spread that their marriage is in peril.
It has been reported Rooney had a “kiss and a cuddle with Ms Simpson, though she later denied anything had happened between them.
Everton boss Ronald Koeman admitted Rooney faces disciplinary action over the incident but picked him for yesterday’s 4-0 defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Rooney, who lives in Prestbury, Greater Manchester, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.