Powell handed 15-month driving ban
March 2, 2010
Andy Powell has been banned from driving for 15 months © PA Photos
Wales back-row Andy Powell has been banned from driving for 15 months after pleading guilty to driving a golf buggy while unfit through drink.
Powell was arrested at a motorway service station at junction 33 of the M4 hours after Wales' thrilling Six Nations victory over Scotland at the Millennium Stadium on February 13.
He was subsequently dropped from the squad for the rest of the tournament and pleaded guilty at Cardiff Magistrates' Court on March 2.
The Cardiff Blues powerhouse was also ordered to pay a £1000 fine and £100 costs following the incident. He will return to training with the Blues on March 3 as they prepare to face Leinster in the Magners League on Sunday.
"I fully accept the decision and sentence of the court today," he said. "In doing so I am mindful of those whom I have let down by my actions and I again offer a full public apology, especially to my fans who have been so supportive, my family, who have stood by me, and the senior officers, management and coaching staff of both the WRU and Cardiff Blues.
"I would also like to thank the Police officers involved in the incident and the management of the Vale Hotel, Golf and Spa Resort for the sympathetic way that they dealt with the situation. I now intend to put this matter behind me and to get on with my rugby career and the remainder of the Cardiff Blues' season. I still have aspirations to play for my country which means so much to me.
"I realise that many young sportsmen and women look up to international rugby players and that some of them may be amused by my antics with a golf buggy. However, they should note my regret and be aware that I do not excuse or condone drink driving in any form."
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