Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish pleaded guilty to two charges of careless driving, including one offence in connection with a crash during March’s Coronavirus lockdown.
England international Grealish admitted one offence in connection with a three-vehicle collision involving his £80,000 Range Rover in Dickens Heath, near Solihull, on March 29, six days after national restrictions were imposed nationwide.
Grealish also admitted a second charge of careless driving relating to allegations he drove without due care and attention on the M42, in October.
However, the England international also denied two other charges connected to the Dickens Heath incident of failing to stop and failing to report the incident, which occurred a matter of days into the first national Covid-19 lockdown.
With regards those charges, the Crown Prosecution Service offered no evidence and the charges were dismissed.
Grealish was not present when his case was called just after noon at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court, with the hearing proceeding in his absence and his plea being entered through his lawyer.
Grealish had been charged with careless driving, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and failing to report an accident.
District Judge John Bristow dismissed the latter two counts.
Prosecutors claimed that the Aston Villa captain had crashed his Range Rover into a parked car before leaving the scene in Dickens Heath.
Less than 24 hours before the incident, Grealish had launched a video appeal for people to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.
Grealish subsequently issued a video message on Twitter in which he said he was “deeply embarrassed”.
In the message, issued on March 30, he said that he had “stupidly agreed” to go to a friend’s house.
The midfielder’s £100,000 white 4×4 hit a parked car after he spent the night at the luxury flat, believed to belong to former teammate Ross McCormack.
Grealish was photographed at the scene in Dickens Heath, Solihull, looking dishevelled wearing a pair of white slippers and a blue Givenchy hoodie.
Earlier this week, it also emerged that Grealish faces an allegation of driving without due care on October 18.
He is now set to face a driving ban.
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