Ex Premier League footballer Paul Kitson, 50, is banned from driving after crashing his 4×4 into neighbour’s fence following ten hour drinking binge
- Paul Kitson, 50, drove his Ford Ranger home on April 10 after a drinking binge
- He crashed into neighbour’s picket fence and paid for the repair, a court heard
- Kitson was banned from his vehicle for 22 months after admitting drink driving
A former Premier League footballer has been banned from driving after he crashed his Ford Ranger into a neighbour’s fence following a ten-hour drinking session.
Ex-Newcastle United player Paul Kitson, 50, made the ‘stupid mistake’ of driving home from a friend’s house in Wynyard, Teesside, after an alcohol binge.
The striker had consumed seven to nine bottles of alcohol from lunchtime onwards before driving home at around 10pm on April 10, Teesside Magistrates’ Court heard.
Police attended Kitson’s house, which is a street away from his friend’s address, following reports that his Ford Ranger had collided with a picket fence.
The vehicle was found parked at an angle with damage to its front offside.
Paul Kitson (above at a charity match against AC Milan in 2013), 50, made the ‘stupid mistake’ of driving home from a friend’s house in Wynyard, Teesside, after an alcohol binge
Prosecutor Marc Atkins said: ‘He was candid with the officers and admitted he was the driver of the Ford Ranger.
‘The officers could smell alcohol on his breath and observed that his speech was slurred.’
Kitson failed a breath test at the scene at 86 microgrammes of alcohol in breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.
He was arrested and taken to Middlesbrough Police Station where he blew a higher reading of 94 microgrammes.
Mr Atkins said: ‘In interview he told them he had attended a friend’s house which was on the next street to where he lived where he consumed seven to nine bottles of alcohol before then driving home.’
Kitson, originally from Murton, County Durham, admitted drink driving.
The striker (left for West Ham and right for Charlton Athletic) had consumed seven to nine bottles of alcohol from lunchtime onwards before driving home at around 10pm on April 10, Teesside Magistrates’ Court heard
Police attended Kitson’s house, which is only one street away from his friend’s address, after a report of his Ford Ranger crashing into a picket fence. Pictured: Teesside Magistrates’ Court
His solicitor, Neil Taylor, said: ‘He’s a man of good character who was very co-operative with the police.
‘This was a man who very foolishly got into his vehicle instead of just walking round the corner.’
Mr Taylor said there was a ‘very small collision’ with the neighbour’s picket fence and Kitson had paid for its repair.
Kitson played for Newcastle between 1994 and 1997 before joining West Ham.
He also played for Derby County, Leicester City, Brighton, Charlton and Crystal Palace throughout his professional career, which he retired from in 2005.
It was not said in court what he currently does for a living although Mr Taylor said Kitson will now not be able to do his job.
Magistrate Martin Slimings described Kitson’s actions as an ‘absolutely stupid mistake’ that will affect him and his family.
Kitson was banned from driving for 22 months, fined £550 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £55 surcharge.