Updated: Tuesday, 23rd September 2014 @ 3:22pm

Jermaine Pennant fined £80 and given eight-week suspended jail sentence after Manchester crash despite previous drink-drive convictions

Jermaine Pennant fined £80 and given eight-week suspended jail sentence after Manchester crash despite previous drink-drive convictions

By Dean Wilkins

Jermaine Pennant is being given a suspended eight-week jail sentence after admitting to drink-driving home from a Manchester nightclub.

The Stoke City winger admitted to his third drink-driving offence in eight years and was fined £80 and given a 12-month supervision order.

Pennant was arrested after he crashed his BMW in Sale and Trafford Magistrates’ Court heard how he was ‘depressed and stressed’ after months of private turmoil between his girlfriend.

District Judge Qureshi said he suspended the jail term because Pennant’s previous offences were committed a 'considerable time’ ago.

"I accept this had not been a pre-planned decision to drive," District Judge Qureshi said.

"The circumstances which arose you found difficult to deal with and led you to believe the only option you had was to drive your vehicle, to get away from an unpleasant situation, you had no option."

On the night of the incident the 29-year-old’s girlfriend text him telling him their relationship was over after his former partner failed to visit him with their 20-month-old child.

Pennant took refuse in a Manchester nightclub with friends but while he was there he became distressed about his ex-girlfriend and left.

The star was unable to secure accommodation in a central hotel room and decided to drive home but crashed in Sale at 5.30am.

The court heard how he may have been speeding through a red light, Pennant was not prosecuted for the collision.

When breathalysed he gave a reading of 89mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

The footballer had been banned from driving earlier in April for having too many points on his licence and is due to be sentenced later.

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