Midfielder Darron Gibson pleaded guilty at Trafford magistrates' court to three offences, including drink-driving

Everton footballer Darron Gibson has pleaded guilty to hitting a cyclist with his car and fleeing the scene as well as driving under the influence of alcohol.

The midfielder drove into three cyclists fixing a bike on the side of the road and caused cuts to the legs, elbow and hand of one cyclist, Philip Quinn who he hit directly with his black Nissan Skyline GT-R Nismo on the morning of August 16.

The 27-year-old, who moved to Everton from Manchester United in 2012, also wrote off the cyclist’s bike, which was said to be worth £4,500.

Gibson then sped off before colliding with a petrol pump at a petrol station in his home town of Bowdon, Cheshire, with one of the station’s attendants calling the police after becoming concerned when Gibson got out of the car with no shoes on and refuelled his car.

Chair of the bench Susanne O’Connell said that Gibson’s failure to stop was “serious enough” to warrant a community order, while Gibson pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol, driving without due care and attention as well as failing to stop after an accident.

The Republic of Ireland international was sentenced to a 20-month driving ban for the offences and a 12-month community order of 200 hours unpaid work.

Gibson was also ordered by the court to pay £4,500 compensation for the damaged bike and £1000 to Quinn, while the two other cyclists will receive £100 compensation each. He will also cover court costs of £295.

  • rampton

    Oh dear Peter. You started off by saying that you really shouldn’t generalise and then you went and did exactly that. And what’s all that elitist claptrap about being risky to post on a cycling forum? I happen to enjoy cycling very much. Anyone reading and believing your sanctimonious drivel would think that at this point in time we are plagued by herds of rich bare-footed playboy footballers drunkenly aiming their Porsche Carreras at innocent cyclists all over the country. A ridiculous generalisation of course, but I think my point is made quite succinctly. And as for your comment about iq, well maybe yours needs a little polishing eh? Must try harder chum.

  • Kevino Daviessss

    Whether he’s a footballer or not is irrelevant, I suspect in this case he was let off with a leaner sentence due to this! Never mind by grace of God he could of wiped out 1 or more of the group out totally with dire consequences, he is then only given a 20 month sentence for hitting a cyclist, could have caused a major fire by hitting a petrol pump and leaving a scene of an accident! this most probably represents less than a days wage!

    I auggest any driver given the above has got off very light with a 20 month ban!

  • rampton

    If anything is moronic Peter Marlow, it’s your ridiculous generalisation.

  • Peter Marlow

    Football….. the beautiful game. More like “Game of Morons”.

  • robear40

    One doesn’t think of footballers being cowardly! Shame on Darren Gibson.