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Nile Ranger Avoids Jail Despite Being Found Drunk Asleep Behind The Wheel

8 years ago

Nile Ranger’s latest appearance in court has seen the player, recently binned by Swindon, convincing Magistrates that he wasn’t guilty despite having been found drunk and asleep behind the wheel of his battered sports car.

Ranger told Newport Magistrates that he moved from the back to the driver’s seat so he had extra legroom while waiting for a recovery vehicle. The court told that one of Ranger’s friends had crashed his car instead.

The car had hit the central reservation of the M4 motorway and come to rest on the hard shoulder of the eastbound carriageway.

When the recovery driver arrived to tow the Mercedes away, he couldn’t wake any of the four sleeping occupants, including Ranger in the driver’s seat.

Recovery driver William Purnell saying;

“I tried to wake Ranger but he was unresponsive to my shouting, he seemed out of it – there was a strong smell of drink in the car.

“There was significant damage to the side of the car and two wheels were punctured.”

The car was towed to the nearest services and the Police called, with Constable Mark Madley telling the court;

“Mr.Ranger said he admitted to being the driver and that he’d driven from Cardiff.

“I then gave a roadside breath test which he failed. He then immediately denied being the driver of the car.

“The situation became volatile and inflamed once Ranger failed his breath test and I arrested him”

In court, Ranger told Magistrates that he had no idea how the damage had happened as he had been asleep at the time.

“I had a knee injury a couple of months ago and didn’t have a lot of space in the back so I swapped seats and went straight back to sleep. The engine might have been running for heating because it was freezing cold.”

At the end of the trial the Chairman of the bench said to Ranger;

“We find that you had no intention to drive that day, you are not guilty and you are free to go.”


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