Danny Care banned for drink-drive conviction

Shamed England star Care banned for 16 months over drink-drive conviction

Big day: Danny Care arrives at Southampton Magistrate's Court

Big day: Danny Care arrives at Southampton Magistrate's Court

England and Harlequins scrum-half Danny Care was banned from driving for 16 months at his appearance at Southampton Magistrate's Court.

Care, 25, was stopped by police at Winchester Services on the M3 in the early hours of New Year's Day and said in a statement issued after his arrest that he intended to plead guilty.

Hours before his
arrest, Care tweeted: '2012 is hopefully going to be a massive year…
Earn respect. Earn the shirt. Set the example.'

Care has already been dropped from the England squad for the duration of the RBS 6 Nations and fined 10,000 by Harlequins for the incident.

At court on Monday morning, Care was also fined 3,100 and ordered to pay legal costs.

'I do accept that I made a very bad
decision on the evening in question and need to take the punishment that
the courts hand out,' Care said in a statement issued after the
incident.

'I have decided not to contest the charge as I want to bring this to a close swiftly rather than have it hanging over my head for a year or more.

'I would stress though that at no time did I think I had drunk enough to be over the legal limit. However, I should not have got into the car and have to accept the consequences of that action.'

Standing out: Care impressed for Harlequins in their Heineken Cup victory over Gloucester

Standing out: Care impressed for Harlequins in their Heineken Cup victory over Gloucester

Showdown: Harlequins scrum-half Danny Care faces court hearing over his drink-drive charge

Showdown: Harlequins scrum-half Danny Care faces court hearing over his drink-drive charge

Care put his off-field issues to one
side on Saturday to play a key role as Harlequins kept their Heineken
Cup ambitions alive with a 20-14 victory over Gloucester.

Harlequins were facing elimination when
Care's kick from the outside of his right foot bounced awkwardly for
Gloucester wing Charlie Sharples and allowed Mike Brown to score the
decisive try.

'He's been playing really well recently. He is obviously hurting inside but he doesn't let people see that – and that is good for the team because he doesn't want to drag people down,' said Brown.

'That is why he is such a good player to have around. He is a big leader for us. It shows what character he is to bounce back. He is reacting positively.'