Banned Premier League star fronts drink-drive alert

THE SHAMED Premier League footballer who was arrested in Bulwell after fleeing from a car crash has become the face of a festive anti drink-driving campaign.

Midfielder Barry Bannan (22), who plays for Aston Villa and is a Scotland international, was picked up by police on Main Street on the morning of Sunday October 23.

He had smashed his Range Rover into the central reservation near junction 26 of the M1 and staggered into Bulwell where he was arrested at the office of a taxi firm.

At Nottingham Magistrates Court, he pleaded guilty to drink-driving, driving without due care and attention, failing to stop after an accident and driving on a provisional licence.

He was banned from driving for 18 months and fined £4,500.

Bannan admitted he was lucky not to be jailed for the offences and has now backed a road-safety campaign launched by West Midlands police over Christmas.

Bannan said: “I am going on a drink awareness course. That was what was agreed in court.

“I’ve shown great remorse about what happened and hopefully, if what I am doing now helps to stop young people from drink-driving, it is worthwhile.”

Insp Greg Jennings, who is in charge of the West Midlands police initiative, said: “Barry and Aston Villa have provided us with the opportunity to really raise the profile of the drink-driving campaign.”