21 June 2016
England Rugby Star Danny Cipriani Arrested For Drink Driving
England rugby player Danny Cipriani was more than twice over the drink drive limit when arrested following a head-on collision with a taxi.
The fly-half, 28, had been out in a Chelsea sushi bar with other England rugby players after winning their match against the Barbarians.
Speaking in court he admitted to drinking two espresso martinis and a vodka with dinner before taking a nap, eating a fry up at 4am, consuming another two espresso martinis and a glass of champagne.
Danny Cipriani said: “I was pretty shocked. I was miffed I was over the limit.
“I had three hours sleep. I woke up and I felt all right. I was not drunk, I felt fine.”
He is now facing prosecution with accusations of swerving, driving at speed and being drunk at the wheel when his £60,000 Mercedes hit a minicab.
The court was told of how Cipriani allegedly had glazed eyes, smelt of alcohol and was slurring his words after the crash.
Cipriani has claimed the accident, which took place in West London on 1 June at 5.15 in the morning, was not his fault saying that the taxi veered into his lane where he was driving at around 20mph.
The hearing continues.
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