Former England footballer sentenced for failing to provide a breath sample
Former England, Arsenal and Everton player Francis Jeffers has been sentenced for failing to give a breath sample at a police station.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said that Jeffers, 39, who is now a coach at Everton Football Club, was spoken to by police officers in his car just after midnight on Saturday 30 May 2020.
They had spotted that he appeared to be driving erratically on Rose Lane and Booker Avenue in the Allerton area of Liverpool.
The back wheel of the Ford Fiesta he was driving caught the pavement as he turned into Rose Lane and then the car appeared to be veering into different lanes of the road. It came to a stop on Booker Avenue and the police approached Jeffers who was at the wheel.
They asked him if he had been drinking and he said that he had had just two bottles of lager.
He refused to provide a breath sample at the roadside and went with the officers to St Anne’s police station. But he again refused to give a sample for analysis, despite several requests from the police.
The CPS authorised Merseyside Police to charge him with Failure to Provide a Specimen for Analysis and today (26 August 2020) at Sefton Magistrates’ Court, he pleaded guilty and was disqualified from driving for 17 months, fined £500 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £50 and costs of £85.
Associate Prosecutor Elle Battle-Kennedy of CPS Mersey Cheshire said: “Jeffers was asked several times to provide a sample of his breath for analysis.
“He had been spotted driving erratically and his refusal to provide the sample would lead to the assumption that he had something to hide.
“Driving when you have been drinking is dangerous and reckless. No-one is above the law. Jeffers might be well known to Everton fans and other football supporters but his reputation has been damaged by his behaviour on that night and he has only himself to blame.”