Town legend faces drink drive charge

IPSWICH Town legend and radio presenter Alan Brazil has appeared in court accused of drink driving.The 48-year-old former Ipswich, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United player is accused of being over the legal limit while driving a BMW along the eastbound carriageway of the A14 at Woolpit on September 16.

IPSWICH Town legend and radio presenter Alan Brazil has appeared in court accused of drink driving.

The 48-year-old former Ipswich, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United player is accused of being over the legal limit while driving a BMW along the eastbound carriageway of the A14 at Woolpit on September 16.

Magistrates in Bury St Edmunds yesterday heard how Brazil, of Sulleys Hill, Lower Raydon, near Hadleigh, underwent a breath test after being stopped by Suffolk police. It is alleged Brazil tested positive with 77 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

Brazil, dressed in a blue trousers and a purple jacket, pleaded not guilty to the single charge of driving a vehicle with excess alcohol.

After denying the offence, Brazil's lawyer Gary Bromelow, head of the London-based legal firm Saunders' specialist motoring unit, called on magistrates to excuse his client from the next court appearance, when a date for the trial will be agreed, because “he works in the mornings”.

He said: “He will be missing out on fulfilling his contractual obligations.”

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Mr Bromelow also accused the Crown Prosecution Service of “inefficiencies” in not being able to set a trial date for Brazil yesterday.

Magistrates turned down Mr Bromelow's request, meaning Brazil will have to return to court for his pre-trial review hearing on October 23.

Brazil was absent yesterday from his usual morning slot presenting Talksport's The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.

A spokesman for TalkSport said: “We were aware of him being in court but as far as we are concerned it is a matter between Alan and the court.”

Glasgow-born Brazil began his career with Ipswich Town in 1977, appearing more than 200 times and scoring 80 goals.