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England rugby star found guilty of drink driving

Crime WorldBy Sunday World
Danny Cipriani
Danny Cipriani

England rugby star Danny Cipriani has been convicted of drink-driving after getting behind the wheel having spent the night drinking cocktails and champagne.

The fly-half, 28, was so drunk his eyes were "glazed", he slurred his words and could not stand straight after he crashed his black Mercedes into a taxi in London at 5.15am on June 1 last year.

The Wasps player, then with Sale Sharks, was breathalysed after the crash in Imperial Road, Fulham, and found to have 67 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath - twice the drink-drive limit.

He was found guilty of drink-driving on Friday following a trial at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

Cipriani, who earns £3,200 a week, was ordered to pay a total of £7,620 in fines and costs.

He was also banned from driving for 18 months.

He was fined £4,500 and ordered to pay £3,120 in costs.