Former Claret Clarke Carlisle Pleads Guilty
Former Clarets defender Clarke Carlisle arrived at London’s Highbury Corner Magistrates Court this morning to face charges of drink driving after failing to provide a sample to police on the 29th December 2014.
The 35-year-old, admitted drinking and driving before pleading guilty for failing to provide a sample to police, he also admitted driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence on the same date.
Police saw a Mercedes being driven in an “erratic” manner, prosecutor Zahid Hussain said, the court heard Carlisle’s Mercedes had been spotted nearly hitting a lorry in Pentonville Road, North London.
Carlisle’s car was seen swerving in the lane, to the pavement on the nearside, almost mounting the pavement and the tyres were grinding on the kerb. The court was told officers smelled alcohol on Carlisle’s breath but he did not blow long enough into a breathalyser to provide an adequate sample.
The former Burnley, QPR, Blackpool, York City and Northampton Town player recently revealed he was attempting to take his own life when he was hit by a lorry on the A64 near York on 22nd December 2014.
Krystelle Wass, defending Mr Carlisle, told the court: “Two days after the incident Mr Carlisle attempted suicide, which is why matters have taken some time to come to court as he was being treated in hospital. She said the star was dealing with ongoing mental health issues.”
The court was told Carlisle had been involved in “excess drinking offences” in 1999 and 2011. Deputy District Judge Margaret Dodds told Carlisle he would get credit for his early guilty plea but noted he had a “bad record” and would “inevitably” be disqualified when he is sentenced next month.
She also ordered reports be prepared after being told of his medical situation.
Carlisle was released on unconditional bail and will be sentenced on 14 May 2015.