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Footballer John Cyrus in court after being caught drink-driving in Almondbury

Cyrus, of Birkby, said that the bay may affect his career as a semi-professional footballer in Barnsley

John Cyrus of Birkby
John Cyrus of Birkby

A footballer has been banned from the wheel after admitting drink-driving.

John Cyrus, of Norwood Road in Birkby, appeared at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court.

The 22-year-old pleaded guilty to driving whilst over the prescribed limit.

Robert Campbell, prosecuting, said that the offence happened at just after 2.30am on May 1.

Police officers on patrol in the area stopped Cyrus as he drove along Dog Kennel Bank in Almondbury.

They were conducting routine checks but formed the opinion that Cyrus had been drinking.

He confirmed that he had drunk a couple of pints and was arrested after failing a roadside breath test.

Further tests at Huddersfield Police Station revealed that Cyrus had 53 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Cyrus, who was not represented, told magistrates that his girlfriend had called him to say that someone was banging on her mother’s door.

The Huddersfield University student said: “I have to apologise for driving over the limit.

“I jumped in the car and drove, it was a natural reaction.

“I didn’t think and I should have got a taxi.”

Cyrus, who plays for a semi-professional team in Barnsley, said he may have to leave the team because of his driving ban.

Magistrates banned him from the road for 12 months. He must also pay £110 fine and £85 costs.

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