Championship duo charged with drink-driving following Tuesday crash

Date published: Wednesday 25th September 2019 5:26 - Steve Pearson


Derby County players Mason Bennett and Tom Lawrence have both been charged with drink-driving after a crash involving a Range Rover Sport and a Mercedes, police have said.

Bennett, aged 23, and 25-year-old Wales international Lawrence were arrested at the scene of the accident on the A6 near Allestree, Derby, shortly before midnight on Tuesday.

The Telegraph reported that Lawrence was taken to hospital ‘as a precuation’ after his Range Rover ‘careered into a lamppost’.

Derby manager Phillip Cocu, who has registered just one win from Derby’s opening eight matches so far is expected to respond to further questions regarding the incident at his press conference on Thursday.

A statement released by Derbyshire Police stated: “Two men have been charged with drink driving after a collision involving a Range Rover Sport and a Mercedes GLC at the junction of Burley Hill and the A6 at Allestree, last night shortly before midnight (Tuesday, 24 September).

“Mason Bennett, 23, of Whaley Thorns near Mansfield and Tom Lawrence, 25, of Duffield were arrested at the scene and charged earlier today. They are due to appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 15 October at 9.30am.”

The club declined to comment in detail on the incident that occured, with an official Derby County spokesman saying: “We are aware of an incident that took place on 24th September 2019.

“Because of ongoing legal proceedings, the club will not be making further comment at this time.”


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