Dan Carter admits drink driving

Newstalk ZB staff,
Publish Date
Friday, 17 February 2017, 8:20AM
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UPDATED 12.24pm All Black star Dan Carter has apologised for drink-driving, saying he made a "massive error of judgment".

Carter posted the apology on Facebook after being caught drink-driving in Paris.

"No excuses - I made a massive error of judgment and have let down my club, my fans and most importantly my family," he wrote.

"I will have to now let the police/court process run its course and face the consequences. I am just glad no one was harmed. Sorry."

LISTEN ABOVE: Catherine Field, our French correspondent, spoke to Mike Hosking

French magazine, Closer, reported the two-time Rugby World Cup winner was stopped by police driving allegedly almost twice the legal limit near the Champs-Elysees – in central Paris.

The 34-year-old was allegedly found without his driver's licence and had a blood alcohol count of 0.98 g per litre. The limit is 0.5g/l.

Newstalk ZB correspondent Catherine Field told Mike Hosking it's difficult to know if his team, Racing 92, will have his back.

"In the past I've always stuck behind Dan Carter but if these reports turn out to be true, this is pretty serious. France has been cracking down on drink driving.

"In the last five or six years, it's been very difficult to not notice the warnings that have been on TV and posters on the street that the government's cracking down on this and that's the big one they've been cracking down on."

Ms Field said the drink driving limit in France is relatively low, at 0.5 milligrams, or about one glass of wine.

Carter's manager Dean Hegan said he "wasn't aware" of Carter being stopped for drink-driving when contacted by the Herald this morning.

The Racing 92 player will subsequently be summoned to court for trial, L'Equipe reported.


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