Former footballer was detained in Baildon

Dean Windass

Dean Windass

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter

Bradford City football legend Dean Windass is to face court after he was arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

The 43-year-old former soccer star was detained by police after his silver Mercedes-Benz was in collision with a parked car in Baildon.

He was breathalysed and was alleged to be more than three times over the drink-drive limit. Nobody was injured in the crash.

Windass, who lives in Menston, is due to appear before magistrates on Monday and could face a ban from driving if found guilty.

The player, who is City’s third highest goalscorer in history, had helped to kick off a road safety campaign just days before the incident.

He has had a troubled life since his retirement from football three years ago.

Windass, a striker, scored 87 goals in 243 appearances during two spells with City, and was top scorer in four consecutive seasons, before leaving for Hull City, where he scored the winning goal in the 2008 play off final to take the club into the Premiership.

He also played for Aberdeen, Oxford, Middlesbrough and Sheffield United, and finished his career as player-coach at Darlington at the age of 40.

Windass has been charged with driving his Mercedes-Benz car, registered W17DAS, while over the prescribed limit. He is alleged to have given a reading of 118 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “We received a call at 5am on October 3, reporting a road traffic collision in Otley Road, Baildon, involving a grey Skoda Octavia and a silver Mercedes. No-one was reported to be injured.

“A 43-year-old man from Menston was arrested on suspicion of being over the prescribed limit.”

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