Rugby star 'wept during arrest'

England rugby star Danny Cipriani cried as he was taken into a police station for alleged drink-driving, a court has heard.

Sgt Nicholas Peacock said Mr Cipriani was “upset and tearful” as he was led into Hammersmith Police Station in June last year.

He was breathalysed and found to be nearly twice the drink-drive limit, jurors heard.

The 28-year-old denies drink-driving in Fulham, west London.

Sgt Peacock told Westminster Magistrates’ Court: “His eyes were glazed, he smelt of intoxicating liquor, appeared to be drunk to me, and was upset and tearful.”

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The court previously heard claims police gave Mr Cipriani special treatment and delayed breathalysing him in a move the rugby player believed was “calculated to assist him”.

Sale Sharks player Mr Cipriani was breathalysed after crashing his Mercedes into a taxi and found to have 67 micrograms of alcohol per 100ml of breath – nearly twice the drink-drive limit in England and Wales of 35 micrograms.

But Sgt Peacock said delays are common, particularly at shift changeover, as was the case when Mr Cipriani was brought in.

He also said the sports star was kept outside in a part of the station precinct known as “the cage” in order to stop other detainees recognising him.

“The concern is that if you have a well-known person and they are seen by other people, that information can potentially be leaked to the press,” he said.

The trial continues.

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