Derby footballers Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett plead guilty to drink-drive crash that left teammate Richard Keogh unconscious

Derby footballers Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett plead guilty to drink-drive crash that left teammate Richard Keogh unconscious

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SHAMED Derby players Mason Bennett and Tom Lawrence have pleaded guilty to drink-driving after a horror smash that left teammate Richard Keogh unconscious.

Bennett, aged 23, and 25-year-old Wales international Lawrence were arrested following the crash on the A6 near Allestree, Derby, last month.

Tom Lawrence arrives at court charged with drink-driving
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Teammate Mason Bennett faces the same offence
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They today appeared at Derby Magistrates’ Court today where they pleaded guilty to drink-driving and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

Lawrence was earlier snapped arriving in a black suit and a black tie.

If convicted, both players could receive up to six months in jail, a driving ban and an unlimited fine.

Neither of the Derby players were injured but Lawrence was taken to hospital as a precaution.

The crash is understood to have involved a Range Rover Sport and a Mercedes GLC.

Teammate and Derby captain Keogh has been ruled out until the end of the season after he suffered a knee injury on the night of the smash.

Derby County has launched an investigation.


Lawrence has 20 caps for Wales and was signed by Derby from Leicester for around £4 million in August 2017.

Bennett is a former England under-19 international who became the club’s youngest ever player when he appeared against Middlesbrough in 2011 at the age of 15 years and 99 days old.

Derby, managed by former Dutch international Phillip Cocu, are currently 13th in the Championship.

Police said a Range Rover Sport and a Mercedes GLC had collided
Mason Bennett was also arrested at the scene of the crash
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Tom Lawrence is also a Wales international
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Richard Keogh suffered a suspected fractured wrist and injured his knee after a car collision
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