Hamza Choudhury fined £20k for Drink-Driving on Wrong Side of Road

Leicester City star Hamza Choudhury has been fined £20,000 after he was caught drink-driving on the wrong side of the road.

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"He makes the impulsive and spontaneous decision"

Leicester City midfielder Hamza Choudhury has been fined £20,000 after he was caught drink-driving on the wrong side of the road in his wife’s Range Rover.

Nottingham Magistrates’ Court heard he shared a taxi home from a restaurant with a friend but returned in his wife’s car after realising he had left his phone behind.

Dashcam footage showed a traffic patrol car activating blue lights as Choudhury was seen driving on the wrong side of the road in Nottinghamshire.

The incident happened in the early hours of January 19, 2024.

Choudhury was arrested and provided two breath test readings at a police station, the lowest of which was 71mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, more than double the limit of 35mcg.

The 26-year-old pleaded guilty to drink-driving and careless driving.

Choudhury was given a 40-month driving ban, which will be reduced by about nine months if he completes a drink-driving rehabilitation course.

He was ordered to pay a £2,000 victim surcharge and £85 in prosecution costs.

Prosecutor Ben Payne said a charge of failing to cooperate with a roadside breath test had been withdrawn.

Mr Payne added that Choudhury had a previous drink-driving conviction dating back to 2017, meaning the player faced a mandatory ban of at least three years.

Defence lawyer Kally Sahota said:

“He makes the impulsive and spontaneous decision to get his phone at 1:30 am to 2 am.

“He wholeheartedly regrets that decision. I have already said he appreciates the enormity of it. He was on the wrong side of the road.”

Mr Sahota stressed that the footballer pulled over quickly and there was no issue of him failing to stop for police.

He continued: “From the footage, there is not a soul on either side of the road. Mr Choudhury knows this was a grave mistake.”

District Judge Sunil Khanna told Hamza Choudhury:

“Mr Choudhury, you are pretty much living every child’s dream. You are a young man who has got to the top of his game.

“Whether you like it or not, you are a role model. Not only for your own children but for children around the country.

“I really hope this is going to be a wake-up call to you. I understand the rationale behind why you went to the restaurant.

“I do accept that this will impact you and that you are extremely embarrassed by what has occurred.”

Speaking about the rehabilitation course, he added:

“It’s a very good course. It will educate you going forward in relation to the effects of alcohol and drinking and driving.

“Please do not be tempted to drive while disqualified. That is a serious offence – most courts would look at a prison sentence.

“You are a young man with the world at your feet. Please let this be a lesson to you.”

Dhiren is a News & Content Editor who loves all things football. He also has a passion for gaming and watching films. His motto is to "Live life one day at a time".

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