Nile Ranger, 30, admits failing to give breath test for drink-driving

Nile Ranger, 30, admits failing to give breath test for drink-driving

08/16/2021

Ex-Premier League star Nile Ranger, 30, admits failing to give breath test for drink-driving on Christmas Eve… minutes before court was due to see CCTV of his ‘aggressive’ behaviour towards officers at police station

  • Ranger, 30, admitted to a charge of failing to provide a specimen of breath during the incident after earlier pleading guilty to obstructing a police officer 
  • CCTV shows the former Southend United player being aggressive towards staff
  • He was banned from driving for six months and must pay £871 in fines and costs

Ex-Premier League star Nile Ranger entered a guilty plea minutes before a court was due to see CCTV footage of his ‘aggressive’ behaviour towards staff at a police station in London last year. 

Ranger, who played for Southend United, swore at officers at Heathrow Police Station in the early hours of Christmas Day last year after he refused to take a breath test when he was stopped by police on suspicion of drink driving. 

The 30-year-old, who has been unfit to play for Southend while nursing a groin injury, was kept in the station’s custody suite, where he shouted at officers and compared one to Tintin. 

Ranger, 30, admitted to a charge of failing to provide a specimen of breath during the incident after pleading guilty to obstructing a police officer at an earlier hearing

He claimed his trousers and shirt came off during his arrest, and he was so angry that he refused to take a breath test. 

He admitted to a charge of failing to provide a specimen of breath during the incident after pleading guilty to obstructing a police officer at an earlier hearing. 

Ealing Magistrates’ Court heard around 70 cameras and microphones captured the incident, but the footage was only available to view today (August 16). 

The trial was previously adjourned after Ranger’s representative argued that the CCTV footage should be viewed to clear ‘discrepancies.’ 

Harry Garside, mitigating, told the court today: ‘Clearly there’s not an excuse.

‘His main bone of contention was that when he was removed from the car, his trousers fell off and his shirt fell off. He was put in handcuffs and he was in a great deal of pain.

‘Mr Ranger was very agitated and angry and that is why he did not want to provide a specimen.’

Nile Ranger leaving Ealing Magistrates’ Court, London, May 10

The defending barrister said that Ranger is currently on trial for a football club, which was not mentioned during the hearing, after he was dropped from Southend United for failing to attend physiotherapy sessions after his injury.  

‘He currently trains every day for a football team,’ he said. ‘He obviously needs to attend that.

‘Looking to the future he may be trying out for other teams and, aside from his wok commitments, he also has childcare commitments. 

‘He has a six-month-old baby who he regularly sees three days a week, and he has to go to Enfield to pick up his child.

‘Being disqualified from driving would certainly make that more difficult. 

‘The only relevant conviction is driving over the specified limit which was 10 years ago.’ 

Magistrate chair Rex Rocha disqualified Ranger from driving for six months. He must also pay £871 in fines and costs. 

Ranger has previously been involved in legal troubles. 

In May 2014, he was found not guilty of being drunk in charge of his vehicle after he was found asleep in the driver’s seat on the M4. 

Nile Ranger of Southend United during Sky Bet League Two between Southend and Salford City at Roots Hall Stadium, February 27

He has also had trouble on the pitch after his stints at Swindon Town and Blackpool ended in disciplinary issues after he refused to attended training.   

Most recently, he left Southend United with boss Phil Brown revealing the club has ‘severed all ties and all relationships with him.’ 

‘He was on a three strike scheme meaning if he was late for three appointments, which is he notoriously renowned for, he would be out,’ he  told the Echo.

‘That was verbalised to both himself and the PFA. But the very first three appointments he never showed for.

‘Never mind being late he just never showed at all so that shows you what you were dealing with.

‘Consequently we severed all ties and all relationships with him.’

He added that the cut on Ranger’s groin had gone septic, claiming it was ‘down to his inactivity’, and the club had provided a ‘platform and an opportunity for him to get fit and stake a claim for a contract for next year.’  

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