Footballer jailed for drink-drive death crash

A PROFESSIONAL footballer has been jailed after he admitted causing the deaths of two young brothers in a horrific motorway smash while he was more than twice the legal drink-drive limit.

A PROFESSIONAL footballer has been jailed after he admitted causing the deaths of two young brothers in a horrific motorway smash while he was more than twice the legal drink-drive limit.

Luke McCormick, former Plymouth Argyle goalkeeper, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving in relation to a crash on the M6 in Staffordshire which claimed the lives of Arron Peak, 10, and his brother Ben, eight.

Ex-England youth international McCormick, 25, also admitted a charge of driving with excess alcohol at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court this morning.

He was jailed for seven years and four months.

The ex-Championship star was returning from the wedding of former teammate and current Ipswich Town midfielder David Norris when the accident happened.

The crash saw McCormick's black Range Rover plough into a car carrying the young brothers, their father Phil Peak and three friends shortly before 5.45am on June 7.

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Mr Peak, 37, was seriously hurt in the crash.

McCormick, who had his contract with Plymouth cancelled by “mutual consent” following the crash, was found to have 74 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath - the legal limit is 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.