Everton’s Gibson given 20-month driving ban

Darron GibsonEverton midfielder Darron Gibson was banned from driving for 20 months and sentenced to a 12-month community order on Tuesday after he collided with three cyclists and drove off.

Republic of Ireland international Gibson was over the legal drink-drive limit when his vehicle mounted a pavement and struck the men who had stopped to fix a broken bicycle chain.

The former Manchester United player sped off in his black Nissan Skyline GT-R Nismo before he pulled into a nearby petrol station on the morning of August 16.

Police were eventually called by a garage attendant after Gibson hit a petrol pump and began filling his vehicle with fuel while wearing no shoes.

Gibson was arrested and taken to a police station where he gave a positive reading of 57 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit being 35.

He 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.

The 27-year-old must perform 200 hours of unpaid work as part of his community sentence and was ordered to pay £4500 ($6900) in damages caused to one of the bikes, a carbon composite model which was written off.

He was ordered to pay £1000 compensation to the cyclist who he directly hit, £100 each to the two other men and was also told to pay £295 court costs.

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