HARRY Redknapp’s son was subjected to a “humiliating” strip search after being caught 15 times over the drug-drive limit, a court heard today.
Mark Redknapp was pulled by over by cops in his £66,000 Mercedes C63 on April 2 last year but denied he had taken cocaine.
The 49-year-old – brother of ex-Liverpool star Jamie – was then taken to Bournemouth police station where he told JPs he had the strip search.
Poole Magistrates’ Court heard how Redknapp had 749 micrograms of the cocaine derivative benzoylecgonine in his blood – the legal limit being 50.
He told the court his blood was taken without consent at the police station – despite a fear of needles – and said he had fainted on a previous occasion when blood was taken.
Redknapp added: “They knew my name was Redknapp. Unfortunately it doesn’t carry any weight in a situation like this.”
The court heard Redknapp had been leaving the home of his I’m a Celebrity winner dad Harry in plush Sandbanks when he was stopped by officers.
He admitted he had been using a mobile while stopped at traffic lights – but told an officer “I do not do drugs, I never have” when he tested positive for cocaine.
‘I WAS ANXIOUS’
Redknapp told the judge today a female police officer had taken a “disliking to him”.
He said: “The gentleman was very pleasant, he was talking to me about football. She went to the back of the car and got out what I now know to be a swab.”
Officers suspected he was on drugs because his eyes were “droopy” and he kept cleaning his teeth with his tongue, a court heard previously.
When asked today about his eyes, Redknapp blamed it on a hereditary condition he said he shares with his dad.
He was also asked whether he had been licking his lips and poking his tongue out between his teeth – but told the court he was “nervous” to be in the back of a police car.
Redknapp added: “When your mouth is dry, that happens to most people. I’m in a position where I shouldn’t be and I was anxious.”
The defendant – cousin of Chelsea legend Frank Lampard – denies a charge of drug driving.
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As a teenager, Redknapp was on the books of AFC Bournemouth but suffered a serious ankle injury at the age of 18 which ended his chances of making it as a professional footballer.
He went on to play for various non-league clubs.
The trial continues.
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