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Aug 13, 2009

Tottenham's Bentley charged with drink driving

Tottenham midfielder David Bentley has been charged with drink driving and has issued an apology for his actions.

It was reported that the midfielder smashed his Porsche into a lamppost at 3am and was found standing near the wreckage of his black 911 on a dark country lane in Northaw, Herts, before being taken into custody.

A police spokeswoman said: ''He has been charged with a drink driving offence and has been released on bail to return to St Albans Magistrates' Court on August 28.

''The charge is in connection with an incident which happened last night. A member of the public called just after 3am to report a single vehicle road traffic collision in Judges Hill, Northaw.

''A man was arrested at the scene and taken to Hatfield Police Station. This morning David Bentley, 24, has been charged with an offence to appear in a few weeks.''

The former England winger released a statement on Spurs' website apologising for his behaviour, although is still likely to be fined by the club. It read: ''I should like to apologise to my Club and the supporters for my actions which led to my car accident last night and my subsequent charge.

''It was wholly unacceptable and I fully appreciate that as a professional footballer I have a duty to behave in a reputable and responsible manner. I am thankful that nobody was injured in the accident. This has been a wake-up call for me both personally and professionally.''

The incident comes just three months after Ledley King was arrested outside a nightclub, leading boss Harry Redknapp to issue a public warning to his players about drinking.