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Plunkett gets second drink-driving ban

England and Durham bowler Liam Plunkett has been banned from driving for more than three years after being caught drunk behind the wheel for a second time.

 
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Plunkett, 27, was stopped in the early hours of July 28 after he had driven to an overnight garage on the A690 in Durham to buy food following a drinking session.

He gave a reading of 74mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, more than twice the legal limit of 35mg. He had been banned from driving for a similar offence in 2007.

Plunkett admitted the charge, with his defence lawyer saying the player’s financial circumstances led to the “illogical” behaviour - he is suffering from a long-term Achilles injury and has not played for England since February 2011.

He was nonetheless banned for 40 months, fined £1000 and ordered to pay £100 costs.

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