Hardaker admits drink-drive offence

England and Wigan Warriors rugby league player Zak Hardaker has pleaded guilty to drink-driving.

The 26-year-old full-back was arrested on 25 September in Pontefract, West Yorkshire, and was charged a day later.

Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard he attempted to avoid police officers by taking his car down a cul-de-sac and running away on foot.

Hardaker, of Pontefract, was given a 20-month ban from driving and received a £1,810 fine.

The player is nearing the end of a 14-month ban from rugby for cocaine use and joined Wigan in May.

The court heard officers later visited his home, with Hardaker claiming not to have been the driver or the owner of the Ford Fiesta.

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