Darron Gibson pleads guilty to drink driving crash charge

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Gibson hit three cyclists in the crash
Gibson hit three cyclists in the crash

Everton footballer Darron Gibson has pleaded guilty to crashing his sports car into a cyclist while drink-driving and then fleeing the scene.

Gibson, 27, was behind the wheel of his black Nissan Skyline GT-R Nismo when it ploughed into three cyclists who had stopped at the side of the road to fix a broken chain.

The cyclist directly hit by Gibson's car received cuts to his legs, elbow and hand and his £4,500 carbon composite bike was written off.

The ex-Manchester United midfielder was said to have driven off at speed before he pulled into a petrol station nearby in his home town of Bowdon, Cheshire, and collided with a petrol pump.

Police were called by a concerned petrol attendant after Gibson then got out of his car with no shoes on and filled his vehicle with fuel on the morning of August 16 .

Today, the Republic of Ireland international entered guilty pleas at Trafford Magistrates' Court to driving with excess alcohol, driving without due care and attention and failing to stop after a accident had occurred.

Chair of the bench Susanne O'Connell told Gibson that the failure to stop offence was "serious enough" to merit a community penalty.

Gibson was sentenced to 200 hours Community Service and hit with a 20-month ban from driving.