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Former Premier League footballer Clarke Carlisle pleads guilty to drink driving offence prior to suicide attempt

Former Premier League footballer Clarke Carlisle has pleaded guilty to drinking and driving on 20th December 2014 at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court.

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Carlisle is also a former Professional Footballer’s Association chairman and played for Burnley, Leeds United and Queen’s Park Rangers among a host of other Football League clubs.

The former defender appeared in the court hearing still bearing the scars from his suicide attempt, which took place two days after his drink/driving offence, when he stepped in front of a moving lorry.

Prosecutor Zahid Hussain said that police officers had spotted a Mercedes travelling in an “erratic” manner and Carlisle will appear in court again on 14th May for sentencing.

Deputy District Judge Margaret Dodds told the troubled former footballer he would “inevitably” be disqualified from driving.

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