British cricketer Graeme Swann is on trial for drunk driving after an early-morning attempt to save his beloved cat, Max.
When Nottingham police stopped Swann as he was driving home from British supermarket Asda at 3 a.m., he said he was on a rescue mission. He had been out that evening belatedly celebrating his 31st birthday with some friends, when his wife called to say that his cat, Max, was trapped under the floorboards.
Police Constable Steven Denniss told the Nottingham magistrates court that “He had gone to Asda to fetch some screwdrivers to remove some floorboards.”
“His speech was slightly slurred but he was compliant. He was slightly upset due to the fact of his cat and what had just happened.”
Police Constable Caroline Voce, who had been riding with Constable Denniss at the time, said Swann got out of the driver’s seat with something glinting in his right hand. “He was waving the screwdrivers, saying: ‘It’s not for what you think, the screwdrivers aren’t for what you think’,” she said.
Denniss said Swann then admitted he “shouldn’t have probably been driving.”
Swann had 83 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood. The legal limit for drivers in Britain is 80mg.
If proven guilty, he faces up to six months in jail, a fine of up to 5,000 GBP, and a minimum of 12 months suspension of his driver’s license.
Swann tweeted his relief shortly after the unfortunate rescue attempt: “paddy is back! how he got under the floorboards is beyond me, but the rescue operation will only cost a few thousand!”
The bowler denies one charge of drink driving. The case was adjourned until October, and Swann was granted bail.