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Former Sunderland striker Sessegnon banned from roads for drink driving
6:18pm Friday 4th October 2013 in News
FORMER Sunderland striker Stephane Sessegnon has been banned from the roads for 20 months after admitting driving over the limit.
The player, who signed for West Bromwich Albion in the transfer window, also pleaded guilty to two counts of driving without a licence and driving without insurance.
Appearing at Newcastle Magistrates Court, the Benin international received three points on his licence and was ordered to pay a total of 7,605.
The 29-year-old was stopped by police in August in Newcastle where he was found to be more than double the drink-driving limit.
At the time of his arrest, he was playing for Sunderland, who were playing a cup game against MK Dons that evening.
Mrs Judith Williams, prosecuting, said: "At 6.35pm on August 27 officers were drawn to reports of a Range Rover driving down Westgate Road, Newcastle.
"Further checks found that the vehicle was not insured. Officers spoke to the driver and checks found he was unlicensed."
He also failed a road side breath test.
Mr John Kirkham, defending, said Sessegnon had fallen foul of a peculiar quirk as his licence had enabled him to drive in France which he thought would allow him to drive in other EU countries.
He said: "Hes very apologetic, he had consumed some wine and then slept. He was going to collect his sister from Newcastle City Centre.
"He is looking forward to this case being finalised today."
During proceedings the chairman of the bench, Ann Hill, asked Sessegnon to speak up, and said: "Im sure you speak louder on the football pitch."
She urged him not to drive any vehicle for the duration of his ban or he might face jail.
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