Darron Gibson could face jail after admitting second drink-drive charge in less than three years

Republic of Ireland footballer Darron Gibson could be jailed on today after he admitted a second drink-drive charge in less than three years.

The 30-year-old was three times over the limit when he smashed his Mercedes 4x4 into parked cars on St Patrick's Day, South Tyneside Magistrates' Court was told last month.

The incident in Sunderland followed a serious collision in 2015 when his car hit three cyclists who were fixing a wheel on the pavement.

Derry native, Gibson, who played for Manchester United, Everton and Sunderland, knocked a taxi's wing mirror off in West Boldon in the latest incident, but carried on and smashed into parked cars in Dovedale Road, Fulwell, Sunderland, as he drove to the club's training ground.

His grey 4x4 ended up on the pavement and the road was strewn with debris.

When Gibson admitted the offence last month, the Chairman of the Bench David Randall said: "Mr Gibson, this is the second offence in less than three years."

Aggravating factors included the damage caused to the parked vehicles.

Speaking about sentencing, Mr Randall said: "We feel this aggravates it into the custody band."

Sunderland terminated his contract after he was charged following the March 17 crash.

Gibson, from Hale, Cheshire, was handed an interim disqualification and granted unconditional bail ahead of sentence, which is listed to take place at 2pm on Monday.

- PA

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