Saido Berahino: Stoke City striker guilty of drinking and driving

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Footballer Saido Berahino has been found guilty of drinking and driving.

The Stoke City striker was almost three times the alcohol limit when his Range Rover was stopped in London’s West End at about 03:00 GMT on 18 February.

Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court heard the 25-year-old was arrested minutes after being robbed.

Magistrates found he “was not in fear of death or fear of serious injury” before fining him £75,000 and banning him from driving for 30 months.

The court heard there was “no dispute” over the robbery, which was caught on CCTV, but defence lawyer Garry Green argued the crux of the case was “whether or not this defendant had to drive his car as a necessity”.

Chair of the bench Mark Oxenham said Berahino’s girlfriend had driven the car immediately beforehand and “could have continued the journey away from the scene”.

The court was told the Burundi international had previous convictions for drinking and driving in 2015 and being drunk in charge of a vehicle in 2012.

On the night of his arrest, police were called to reports of a possible stabbing involving seven people outside the VQ Cafe, in Great Russell Street.

Berahino, of Old Penkridge Road, Staffordshire was behind the wheel of the Range Rover when police stopped it in Bedford Square.

He was asked about the fight but said he had not seen anything, prosecutor Katie Weiss said.

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