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Derby drink-drive duo Lawrence & Bennett spared jail as they get two-year driving ban

10:50 pm AEDT 15/10/19
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Following an incident that saw club captain Richard Keogh ruled out for the rest of the season, the two Rams players have avoided prison

Derby County stars Mason Bennett and Tom Lawrence have been sentenced to 180 hours of community service and been banned from driving for two years after pleading guilty to drink-driving.

The pair were arrested in Allestree on Tuesday, September 24, at the scene of a crash and admitted guilt over charges of driving with excess alcohol and failing to stop for an accident.

After appearing in court on October 15, they were disqualified from driving for two years, given a 12-month community order each, instructed to carry out 180 hours of community service and to pay £85 and £90 in a victim surcharge.

"You are extremely fortunate to be here today," sentencing, district judge Jonathan Taaffee said. "You had been drinking and have been involved in a road traffic collision that could have led to death.

"You are both intelligent and talented young men who have brought shame upon yourselves, your family, your profession and your club."

The incident itself saw a Range Rover and a Mercedes collide on the A6, with police images showing the wreck of a vehicle having collided with a lamppost.

Derby captain Richard Keogh will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a serious knee injury as a result of the incident. 

The Rams conducted their own internal investigation into the goings on that evening and, prior to the players' court date, announced that both of their first-team stars would be fined six weeks' wages.

A statement read: "Derby County Football Club has completed the disciplinary hearing regarding Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett in respect of their involvement in the events of last Tuesday evening, which resulted in both of them being arrested and scheduled to appear in court on 15th October.

"Irrespective of the outcome of that process, the club will not tolerate any of its players or staff behaving in a manner which puts themselves, their colleagues, and members of the general public at risk of injury or worse, or which brings the club into disrepute.

"Both Lawrence and Bennett are therefore being fined the equivalent of six weeks’ wages – the maximum contractual limit - and will serve an additional 80 hours of community and rehabilitation, which will include a drink aware course.

"The club will be making no further comment regards this matter."

Since the incident, Derby, who face a trip to Charlton at the weekend, have played three Championship matches, winning two and drawing the other.