HODGE CAUGHT DRINK-DRIVING
More on Hodge Arrest
By Editor Tuesday 27th February 2007
Reaction to the arrest and court appearance of loan signing Bryan Hodge, coming just one game into his loan period....
Daniel King, who was acting for the defence in Hodge's arrest, told the Nottingham Evening Post "On Saturday he made his League debut. It was for Mansfield Town against Wycombe Wanderers which Mansfield won 3-2.
"It was announced that Hodge had won man of the match in his first league game.
"His parents had come to watch him play and he gave the two bottles of wine he was awarded to his mother.
"What should have been a day of great pride then turned into a day of great shame."
"It had been a day of achievement and perhaps because of the adrenaline he made a massive mistake.
"He thought of the casino in Blackpool where he had been once or twice and decided to go there."
Hodge was given 150 community hours work, and banned from driving for 3 years, after being twice over the drink drive limit.
Drink-drive shame of new Stags player
CHAD website, 27 February 2007
STAGS' new star, Blackburn Rovers loan midfielder Bryan Hodge, saw his his dream debut at Field Mill turn sour when he was caught drink-driving.
Hodge (19), one of Mansfield Town's best players during Saturday's 3-2 victory over Wycombe Wanderers, was arrested by police later that evening.
Hodge, who joined the Stags on loan last week, was seen driving his Vauxhall Astra through a red light and across tram tracks on Blackpool promenade.
Hodge, of Hamilton, Lanarkshire, admitted drink-driving at Blackpool magistrates on Monday. He was more than twice over the legal alcohol limit.
He had only got his licence back two months ago, following a previous drink-driving conviction in June 2005.
Hodge was ordered to carry out 150 hours' community work, banned from driving for three years and ordered to pay £65 costs.
The court was told that Hodge, who earns £900 a week, 'made a massive mistake' and would be disciplined by Blackburn.
Mansfield Town FC chairman James Derry said: "We are obviously very disappointed that Hodge has committed a drink-driving offence, but as he is contracted to Blackburn their manager is dealing with the disciplinary matter."
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