Ex-football star Hendry admits drink-driving

Former Blackburn Rovers footballer Colin Hendry, who has been accused of drink driving
Former Blackburn Rovers footballer Colin Hendry, who has been accused of drink driving
  • Ex-Scotland ace caught driving over the limit
  • Retired footballer had abstained from booze since New Year’s Eve
  • His lawyers say Hendry’s drink may have been spiked

Former footballer Colin Hendry has admitted drink driving in the early hours of the morning.

He was arrested after drinking alcohol for the first time since New Year’s Eve.

We say that there was a possibility that there was alcohol in his body which he was not aware or that there is disparity in the figure because of his metabolism

Lawyer Gwynn Lewis

The 49-year-old father-of -four was caught at just under double the legal limit in the early hours of the morning driving an eight-year-old Ford Focus.

Hendry, who captained his country and enjoyed an long Premier League career, was arrested on February 21, on Church Road, Lytham.

He was on his way to his house on Coopers Row, Ansdell.

He pleaded guilty to drink-driving at Blackpool Magistrates Court, with a breath reading of 63 microgrammes – the legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

His lawyer told the court there was a possibility Hendry’s drinks may have been “laced “ on the night he was pulled up.

Sentence was adjourned by the court after his lawyer Gwynn Lewis said his client accepted he will be banned from the roads.

“We say that there was a possibility that there was alcohol in his body which he was not aware or that there is disparity in the figure because of his metabolism.

“We have asked an expert to investigate these matters.

“We would like this adjournment for a special reasons hearing.

“We can produce receipts for what Mr Hendry drank that night.

“He may have to attend a laboratory to recreate what he drank that night.”

Magistrates agreed to the application and the case was adjourned until April 22.