Jack Grealish: Aston Villa and England star pleads guilty to two charges of careless driving

Aston Villa and England forward Jack Grealish admitted to two charges of careless driving, including one offence in connection with a crash during March's coronavirus lockdown; he also pleaded guilty to a second offence in October

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Image: Jack Grealish was not in attendance at Birmingham Magistrates' Court

England forward Jack Grealish has admitted careless driving in connection with a crash during March's coronavirus lockdown.

The 25-year-old Aston Villa captain pleaded guilty to two charges, including one linked to an early-morning incident in which his £80,000 Range Rover damaged parked vehicles on March 29, six days after nationwide restrictions were imposed.

Grealish did not appear at Birmingham Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, but, entering pleas through his lawyer, admitted driving without due care during the accident in Dickens Heath, near Solihull, West Midlands.

Grealish, of Barnt Green, Worcestershire, was involved in the incident less than 24 hours after issuing a Twitter video message urging others to stay at home to save lives and protect the NHS.

The winger also admitted a second charge of careless driving committed on October 18 on the M42, the A446 and on Bodymoor Heath Road, the site of Villa's training complex.

Grealish had denied two other charges in connection with the Dickens Heath incident, of failing to stop and failing to report the incident, but the Crown Prosecution Service offered no evidence and the charges were dismissed.

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Sentencing has been adjourned until December 15.

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