Stoke City striker Saido Berahino found guilty of drink driving

Saido Berahino has been disqualified from driving for 30 months
Saido Berahino (Picture: EMPICS; PA)

Stoke City frontman Saido Berahino has been banned from the roads for 30 months after he was found guilty of drink-driving.

The 25-year-old striker was found to be three times over the limit when he was pulled over by police in the early hours of February 18. He claimed he had been forced to take the wheel after being threatened at knife point by thieves who stole his watch, diamond chains and a bracelet.

Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court heard he had told the muggers ‘just take everything’ before driving for 30 seconds to get away. But magistrates deemed that Berahino’s girlfriend, who was sober at the time, could have been in the driver’s seat instead.

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: A dejected Saido Berahino Stoke City during the Sky Bet Championship fixture between Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion at Bet365 Stadium on February 9, 2019 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Adam Fradgley - AMA/WBA FC via Getty Images)
He has not played for Stoke City since the attack (Picture: Getty Images)

The Burundian star claimed that his girlfriend’s ex-partner had arrived with two men armed with a gun and a knife outside the VQ Cafe in Bloomsbury, just before 3am. He said he was then chased down the road, before tripping and falling to the ground. It was then that the men slashed his t-shirt and shouted: ‘What you got for me? What you got for me?’ CCTV footage from the night played in court showed him being attacked by two men.

‘I was scared of the guys who knew who I was and robbed me. They might just come back and find me in the same place where I was,’ he testified before the court.

Katie Weiss, prosecuting, said police pulled the footballer over after seeing the matte black Range Rover drive off from outside the restaurant. They described him as smelling of alcohol, with slurred speech and blood shot eyes.

Stoke City footballer Sadio Berahino exits Highbury Magistrates Courts after being banned from the roads for 30 months and fined ?75,000 for drink-driving after he was robbed on a night out.. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 16, 2019. The 25-year-old was almost three times the legal limit when his black Range Rover was stopped in London's West End in the early hours of February 18. See PA story COURTS Berahino. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown PA Wire
Berahino (Picture: PA)

Illegal immigration could increase after Brexit, say experts He then failed a roadside breathalyser after blowing three times over the limit, with a reading of 112 microgrammes of alcohol per 100ml.

The limit is 35 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath. When he was arrested, the court heard he told police ‘this is bulls**t’, adding: ‘You’re treating me like criminal. I’m the victim.’

Berahino was disqualified from driving for 30 months and ordered to pay a £75,000 fine, as well as £870 in other costs.